Santa Fe, NM, USA
Saturday, November 16, 2013–Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Nedra Matteucci Galleries proudly presents a major exhibition by renowned Russian artist Leon Gaspard (1882 – 1964). The remarkable artistic and historical record of Leon Gaspard astounds us in its prescient and worldly vision for our shared humanity. Gaspard painted with a unique sensitivity for the spirit of each region, rich with folkloric character, historic tradition and natural beauty. From his avid, spontaneous life sketches to his major studio paintings, Gaspard offers a compelling, perceptive, and vivid narrative of faraway lands.
His creative genius defies conventional definition. Although classically trained in Russia and France, Gaspard’s paintings cannot be characterized by style or association among contemporaries. His methods were unorthodox; his technique was eclectic and candid. His striking palette and keen use of color was paramount.
Today, we continue to interpret and rediscover Gaspard’s extraordinary work. His compositions capture our imagination with their exotic, beautifully defined distinction of place in a world beyond the familiar. We are transported to busy market scenes, peasant gatherings, and a foreign panorama of color and form that is vibrantly rich and alive with the possibility of discovery.