The paintings of André Bertounesque, a self-taught artist, could be described as landscapes, but that would be to underestimate them: they are much more than that. To understand them and appreciate them, it is good to go back somewhat into the history of the genre. Landscape painting took time to appear, and for good reason: the love of nature is not necessarily a factor of pictorial invention. The representation of the human in all its forms was first and foremost the primary intention of the creators of images.
In sum, thousands of years ago drawings were born spontaneously at hand, born today without art and science, but responding to a thirst for almost biological expression, such as singing and dancing. There is also trade painting, livelihood painting, so-called professional painting. To survive, the artist has always responded to the expectations of buyers, big and small.
Bertounesque's paintings remind us that the landscape and, above all, the love of nature, despite the proliferation of the genre, have few interpreters that really move us. He painted scenes streaming with light, natural places discreetly animated by graceful figures, where the green carpet of the ground, trees with large arms loaded with shade and light, and some water nearby, invite to pleasure and relaxation.
People familiar with the work of Bertounesque will note a marked evolution of its kind. The design of Bertounesque has this supreme quality of being forgotten, it melts in the composition.
His color does the same. It bends to the whole; Its role in bringing light to light. The artist has achieved a mastery which allows him to express frankly and generously his particular poetry.