Eugène Leroy, ‘Auto-portrait’, 1962, Daniel Blau

About Eugène Leroy

Eugène Leroy spent most of his career in rural isolation and relative obscurity until the 1980s, when figurative painting came back into vogue and his work became increasingly recognized both in his native France and overseas. Leroy labored on canvases for months, sometimes years, applying layer after layer of oil paint, brushing, scraping, and digging it and squeezing directly from the tube until the original image was barely discernible. The thick, textured physicality of his surfaces has prompted comparisons with Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Willem de Kooning, while the fragmentation of his subjects into tiny flecks of color and light recalls aspects of both Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism.

French, 1910-2000, Tourcoing, France

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