La Crèche.

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Robert Chailloux was a remarkable French artist and a good friend to Anthony and the gallery. For over forty years Anthony paid regular visits to Chailloux, firstly in Paris and then subsequently at his home in the countryside near Dourdan, and he cherishes his memories of their time together.


Chailloux’s talent for painting was evident from a young age. In 1940, Chailloux became a member of the Salon des Artistes Français, and began exhibiting regularly. The recognition his work received allowed him the opportunity to enter the Salon de la Nationale exposition of 1943. In 1945, he exhibited at the Salon d’Independence and became a member of the Salon de la Marine.


All the charm of bucolic France was softly and timelessly captured within his paintings, and his beautiful rustic fruits and floral subjects were often taken directly from his gardens or carefully selected from the local market. Chailloux’s studio was also an Aladdin’s cave of treasures; he collected many fine examples of French provincial pottery and objects which provided limitless opportunities for their use in his compositions. All were immortalised at one point or another in his pictures. Chailloux’s garden was always buzzing and alive with insects and birdsong, in no small part due to the plants he grew from seed. Amongst these was the fascinating honesty plant with its amazing transparent seed pods, resembling silver coins, hence the French name of “Monnaie du Pape.” The paintings in which it features are an especial treasure.


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