Jean-Michel Linfort (born in 1945)
Jean-Michel Linfort’s third vocation is to be a painter. This vocation came before both public service and writing; the truth is that he has always been drawing. First, he used a classic graphite pen; from there, his curiosity inevitably led him to experience oil painting. He then discovered dry pastel; a carnal approach, closely tied to the matter, as if he had to cover his paper with the ancient soil of his native land. His patient and endless work results every time in a bright foam of dust. How many fields, stacks, hedges, collapsed fences, furrows and wakes has he drawn? How many oceans has he struggled to paint, starring at the waves, their shapes, their colours and their shades? It is often said that “Jean-Michel Linfort is one of the finest pastel painters of our time”. A well-deserved recognition which is rewarded by regular public commissions .and by the loyal support of the Cristel Editeur d’Art Centre–he is the only pastel artist in the catalogue.