Art Brokerage: French artist Jean Claude Gaugy was born in 1944. At age 14 young Gaugy heard his own call of independence and left his mountain village for Paris. There he survived by doing sketches in cafes and soon was invited by the owner of a lavish dining club to paint portraits of customers. During the day Gaugy pursued classical art studies and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, focusing on his great love of sculpture. For his part, Gaugy continues a tradition of synthesis, fusing well-mastered skills of sculpture and painting in a signature style that has become known as Linear Expressionism. He carves rhythmic, flowing, yet decisive line into wood, and then complements that powerful sense of movement with the rich complexities of color. The results are internationally admired and collected works that speak to the wholeness of being human.
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