The French artist Claude Jouhanneau, was very passionate and dedicated his whole life to his art. This enthusiasm leads him in the direction of the study of objects of art in their historical development and stylistic contexts. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Tours from 1948 to 1950, then worked alone and deliberated Antiquing in the Louvre Museum, as well as the Nu at the Academy of the Grande Chaumière.
Claude Jouhanneau: Techniques
Always with emotion and sincerity, the painter encompasses several approaches to the studies of visual arts referring to works of art and architecture. Jouhanneu’s greatest achievements in his works always include white zinc mixed with sand, colors, paint and sawdust, are pressed and rubbed into a molded eruptive texture, strengthened by a worldwide vision that takes hold, all spaces are combined on the entire canvas.
Claude Jouhanneau's three techniques:
- Zinc oxide
Zinc white mixed with sand is the basic component to create the stiffness and inelastic behavior to produce the three dimensional sensation of the paint system.
Paint plaster is the product that conceals current finishes helping the artist not to excessively over coat reducing the need to prime and sand.
Saw dust is the left-over product of woodworking composed of fine particles of wood, also this process is used to give a thicker finish to the paint leaving a three dimensional feel.
Claude Jouhanneau: Importance of his artworks
Claude Jouhanneau created more than 1000 numbered and registered canvases and several hundred drawings and pastels. When the artist fell ill he rejected his own art, the one thing he devoted his whole life to, beyond his doubts after his death his artworks till this day captivates an immense audience. Claude Jouhanneau is a lyric painter combining two art forms in his paintings abstract expressionism and still life. In his master pieces one can perceive the gestural brush-strokes and the impression of spontaneity along with the inorganic subject matter portraying common place objects which are either natural or man-made and sometime his self-portrait is seen.