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Spring time, and one on the most vivid sights in Burgundy is the cherry blossom in full flower around Irancy near Auxerre. This has been the home of Parisian painter Georges Hosotte for many years, and the surrounding countryside, one of his principle sources of inspiration. His paintings hang all over the world from Japan to U.S.A.
If comparisons are to be drawn, it would be to a modern
day Monet. Water, reflections, and light typify Hosotte’s work and
he is as proficient in the medium of watercolour as he is with the oil.
It is colour however which he excels in; the pictures are lively, even
when the subject is a winter scene. Fields of poppies,
Georges Hosotte trained as an architect which explains
his good eye for perspective. He became a successful painter at a young
age and has lived off the income from his pictures for 40 years now. Of
course the style has evolved, with more emphasis at present on the abstract
form, but the subject matter has changed little. It is the local landscapes
which still captivate him.
A charming book of Hosotte’s work, together with short poems in French by Gerald-Henry Vuillien, is available, price 50 euros, from the Vézelay gallery.
For permanent exhibitions of his work visit: