Chrystel Lebrun-Sarrazin was born in 1970 in Menton, France. She briefly studied Life Drawing at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Limoges, France, in 1988 and 1989, but is mainly a self-taught artist. In 1994, she moved to the United States and settled in San Diego, where she started her career as an artist. In 2003, she moved back to her native land. After many years of working only the Provencal landscape, she now paints almost exclusively the figure and still life. Chrystel Lebrun-Sarrazin?s paintings are in private collections in the United States, Canada, France and England. I believe a painting's ultimate ambition is to raise emotion, from its volumes, colors and shapes, and Nature and the human figure, when painted in their whole and simple truth, convey the best to feeling and significance in Art. Chardin could do so by painting an onion, Rembrandt a stroke of light in one's eye, Vermeer a ray of sunlight through a window. Art should not be confused with philosophy and is before all about beauty. A painting that requires too much thinking deprives from emotion, and misses its main purpose."I particularly admire the northern Old Masters, for their truth, their sobriety and their understanding of "Less is more". They revealed human nature with most simplicity. They suggested eternal truths about men?s sentiments and desires, painting purely Nature and natural forms in their natural context. The world they often depicted was a reassuring world, away from turmoil, focusing on life's true values and where time seems to have stopped. In my work, I only aim at rendering Nature's beauty and suggest the emotions it can raise. I favor plain compositions and rustic subjects. A pewter bowl over a gold chandelier, a linen cloth over a velvet drapery, a portrait bare of accessories and reduced to the essential: the facial expressions revealing the sitter?s personality. Painting is an eternal learning process, where the most important is to admit his own mediocrity, while keeping an unflinching discipline of work in the everlasting hope to ever get better."
Media:Oil on Canvas