I’m an Art Nouveau guy. No, seriously. I owe my appreciation for art in a larger sense (anything besides comic book art) to Alphonse Mucha. During my teens and early 20’s, the only art I was actively interesting in was fantasy or comic artists: Boris Vallejo (yes, yes, I know he is, essentially, a Frazetta knockoff. But, I was introduced to Boris first. Just try to imagine my surprise when I was finally introduced Frazetta’s mastery. Anyways…), John Byrne, Frank Miller, Bart Sears, and a host of other comic artists were my art idols. Because all I had ever wanted to do was draw comics. So, my art inspirations were the artists currently doing comics. Simple enough.
Don’t worry, there IS a point to my rambling, I promise.
Anyways, I’ll never forget the day that my eyes were forever opened up to the art world. Was it some visit to a great museum? Naw. It’s was a visit to a stranger’s bathroom. (Stranger is a bit of an exaggeration, but this is my story…be quite and listen!) There, on the wall next to the bathroom mirror, was one of Mucha’s famous advertisements. This one I believe…
It was stunning. I was transfixed. I asked about it once I returned to the others. Alphonse Mucha you say? I shall investigate. It wasn’t long after discovering Mucha that I found Gustav Klimt. Now, Mucha’s work had some similarities to comic book art. It was a jump in art appreciation, not that far of a jump, but a jump nonetheless. Then, there was Klimt. It was nothing like comic art. It was like nothing I’d ever seen. But, it pulled at me…wouldn’t let me go.
So, this post has special meaning to me. And it is about Klimt’s modern day replacement, French contemporary painter Richard Burlet.
Richard Burlet is bringing the Art Nouveau tradition back. Not that it actually ‘left,’ or was ever outright gone from the artistic world…but still. Viewing Burlet’s art is almost like seeing what Austrian great Gustav Klimt might be doing nowadays. You know, if he’d lived an extra 100 years or so. Ok, I jest. But, I think you get the gist. (Wow, jest and gist so close to one another in a paragraph. It’s just sounds so odd. But fuck it, I’m going to keep it! This is MY blog after all.)
Anyways, Burlet’s Art Nouveau inspiration (not to mention Klimt) is obvious. But, it doesn’t take away from the work he’s put out into the world. As a matter of fact, it’s nice to see such an iconic style surface (successfully) once again.
Burlet works in bold colors with gold and silver leaf, to create his visually arresting works. Much like Klimt, his color choices and techniques give the portraits a magical, goddess-like quality to them. They are, quite simply, a beauty to behold.
For the very fact that Burlet’s art impacted me enough to relive the wonder of discovering Klimt for the very first time. Give Us Art salutes him today…and every day!
For a great selection of Burlet’s work, I suggest this Pinterest page.
Art the World!