Léon Sabatier, the Giono of the painting
Exhibition from June 30th to September 9th at the Museal Space, open from Thursday to Sunday, from 11am to 1pm and from 2.30pm to 6.30 pm, Castle - City Hall, Maximin Escalier square, phone : 04.93.59.40.78
Leon Sabatier illustrates himself in painting landscapes and in making fresco. Born in a poor background he becomes to fall in love with nature under the influence of his father in law Jules Sicard who was a gardener. He will also learn painting with the husband of his sister. Sabatier will paint some South France landscapes (Oil, hills, trees) and wales with a strict and rigorous sketch in spite of the fact that he is a gentle man. Sabatier prefered to paint with the sunset and that explains why his painting look like a twilight. The technical dominates the Sabatier art work but the influence of Cezanne is evident.
With the help of the french state Léon Sabatier goes to Paris and begins to frequent some studios including the Raphaël Colin studio. He follows also studies at the Fine - Art school and at the Arts Décoratifs school. Sabatier leads the Bohemian life of the young Parisians artists but he will see the Modigliani death in the street. Sabatier will teach Fine - Art in Toulon and own his own studio. Seriously ill he decides to live in Tourettes seduced by the light and the landscape. The gratefulness will be late (exhibited among sixty artists at the Unesco (1946), exhibition at the Muratore gallery, official tribute given by Malraux in 1966) but short.