Poetic reality in Constructivism

It can be said of some painters that they have immediate charm, right from the first viewing, and then that this impression remains. This is the case with Françoise LEMAÎTRE-LEROUX, whose work exhibits timelessness and sincerity in her deepest recollections. It is curious and extremely pleasing to notice the influence of architecture in her rigorous compositions where nothing is left to chance. What is more, her femininity and sensitivity become the instruments of her creations.

As a precursor might, Françoise allows us to rediscover symmetry, balance, shifting and dismantled planes, as in Les Marches de la Gloire, chequered patterns, designs that resemble puzzles (La Puissance de Feu), a breakaway from graphic art, circles (Les Athlètes de Berlin).all her works are steeped in intense emotions and the collector can only "be drawn in". In this way, the artist plays up the opposition between the past and the present in such works as Vision de Léonard de Vinci and reveals a new way of looking at realism.

Françoise LEMAÎTRE-LEROUX achieves the apparent paradox that is intellectual sensuality through sport, chiefly car and motorbike racing and a number of athletes' bodies in motion. Her imagination brings to realism the candour of a very specific atmosphere, which is the result of the proliferation of rich reflection, dynamic interpretation, and a very fine balance between form and expression.

Françoise's canvases, which bear testimony to an impeccable technique, restore credibility to this technique and the true meaning of drawing. She manages to free the frequently cold and stiff form by means of a new type of modernism, and this thanks to elegance of gesture and an accurate judgement of chromatic values. The artist is endowed with an intense emotional aesthetic which is certainly linked to a heightened sensitivity.

Each of her canvases, despite this realism, remains a mystery, and leaf the visitor in a state of uncertainty and wonderment, which is what gives them their charm. At times, something mystical can explain this strange phenomenon. Great spiritual convictions certainly drive the talented artist; a rich and intense inner life has the effect of leading us to the essence of the work.

The draughtsmanship is faultless, direct, without the slightest hesitation. it certainly points to a particular vision of the future, but above all, represents things seen, feelings experienced, and joy and sadness felt deep inside. All of Françoise's creations stem from the unity of an ensemble, and from explorations of her unique pictorial handwriting, in order to produce an original painting unconcerned about fashions and trends.

The rich palette of intense colours is always sparkling, striking and quite sophisticated. The very close shades do not clash, instead their compartmentalisation, well-integrated into the design, bring life and movement to each of her works. The artist is resolved to create forms according to values, by dosing light and shade and Françoise is in her element when giving shape and substance to a piece, within the space of the canvas, whatever the format.

Between gentleness and abrasiveness, femininity and masculinity, cars, motorbikes, bodies in motion, the works blend together harmoniously in a rhythmic and at times musical layout, such as in Chef d'orchestre and Gammes sportives. The important influence of music on the artist can be felt in the labyrinth-like structures where musical scores appear. These works are of intense concentration and, from within their multicoloured swirls, she hopes to reach the soul. Her works wield an immense power of seduction and fascination.

A sulphurous wind blows over Françoise LEMAÎTRE-LEROUX's canvases, as well as a sort of incantatory poetry. They glow in their insolent and silent beauty. Superb! Her occupation is confirmed, here is a true artist to follow with especial interest...

Dominique CHAPELLE
Art Critic - Expert in Modern Art
Founding President of the Fédération Nationale de la Culture Française
President of the Société des Artistes Indépendants - Grand Palais - Paris
June 2010

For almost thirty years, Françoise Lemaître-Leroux has passionately sworn herself to the arts of drawing and painting, capturing the primordial liveliness and spontaneity of life in Rouen, where this Dieppe-born artist makes her home.

As a dyed in the wool woman of Normandy, she is disposed of a highly original talent that has been brilliantly mastered and conducted, thanks in no small part to a determined and uncompromising state of mind that weighs in equally in questions of art as well as questions of life itself.

Faithful to her instincts from the very beginning, even her early works are characterized by a powerfully expressed abundance of color, and under the vigor of her charming and spell-binding touch she brings to life an elaborate realism that demonstrates her closeness to her own epoch.

As the winner of numerous prizes in just recognition of her talent, Lemaître-Leroux specializes in portrait painting, but also deliciously dabbles in the dynamic vicissitudes of surrealist art.

This pictorial effervescence, full of imagination, has led Lemaître-Leroux towards action and the brilliant meticulousness of a dazzling and athletic realism, a true challenge that she continues to meet with her otherworldly yet mechanical genius, pushing her paintings into the gold and silver of dreams that are as equally fabulous as enthusiastic and vital.


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