An old friend on its way to new shores.
I painted him on the reverse side of an APC paper bag.
It must have been in the mid 1990's.
I've had the bad habit not to date my works,
I'm doing it now.
Sailors, have been an obsession of mine all my life,
possibly because I have this fantasy about life at sea,
the freedom of it, the comfort of feeling out of reach from the world.
The style of this gouache, not a watercolour for once, was inspired by the
early works of Picasso, hence the massive hand holding the shell.
It's been on my wall in Paris, rue Geoffroy l'Angevin
and then was stored away ever since we moved in 2002.
It has now been purchased by my old friend Adrien,
a third addition to what he has collected from me.