Arnaud Courlet de Vregille

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Arnaud Courlet de Vregille
Arnaud Courlet de Vregille, en 2009.JPG
Arnaud Courlet de Vregille, in 2009.
Born Arnaud Courlet de Vregille
(1958-03-05)5 March 1958
Bourges (France)
Nationality French
Known for Painting, Printmaking
Awards Price Institut Supérieur des Arts de Paris (Paris 1993, Laisse moi), etc.

Arnaud Courlet de Vregille (5 March 1958) is a French painter.


Born into a family of painters related to Otto van Veen [1] (master of Rubens), Arnaud Courlet de Vregille began to draw at a very early age and subsequently embarked on a painting-career : paintings, murals (fresco), theatre decors. In 1993, his talent as a painter was revealed when the Institut Supérieur de Paris awarded him a prize for his work Laisse-moi which work was acquired by the Ministry of Finance for the decoration of the Cité Administrative de Bobigny.

The painter lives in Besançon (Doubs) where he pursues his artistic career.

A style[edit]

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, (1975, China's ink and pencil, 21 × 29,7 cm)

The Who's Who Art considers his art as an "lyrical abstraction", "futurism", "spontaneous painting".[2] In 2004, the Encyclopédie des Arts en Franche-Comté dedicated him a reference article :

"Painter who does not fit into any fixed category, exploring the very dephts of abstrac art in order to bring to the surface the merest of the figurative. His painting, which seems to emerge from a kind of coloured skin, expresses all the warmth of tortured reality. In the words of the artists, he paints his canvases both impulsively and after a phase of blending and condensing which are the fruits of lengthy period of preparation within himself. He marks some of his works with an often partially concealed circle of solitude which shatters to evoke the moment when reality become fragile and crakcks, giving way to the invisible as well as displaying the pulzzing conspicuousness of visible. The emotion which pervades his painting seems to spring from his movement, his violence, his light[3]".

On the occasion of the bicentenary exhibition of Claude Nicolas Ledoux (renowned French architect of the 18th century) at the Royal Saltworks in Arc-et-Senans, Franche-Comté (site listed as World Heritage by Unesco), the catalog Le deuxième regard wrote :

"The painting of Courlet de Vregille enters into an almost natural relation with the inspiration of Ledoux ; indeed both explore those paths which Bachelard referred to as "materialised imagination, that spiritual place where all forms of art converge and meet.[4]""

"Following a very contemporary trend, an expression of the point of view of one art on another, which resumes here in an independant vision the wonder of new discovery", a portrait of the Lumière brothers : Lumière ou Projection privée (Light or Private projection), is exhibited in l'Eden Théâtre de La Ciotat. L'Eden Théâtre, heritage label of the 20th century, was restored in 2013 within the framework of Marseille-Provence 2013, European capital of culture.


Exposition décoration Cité Administrative de Bobigny (Paris, 1993)
Galerie Barthélémy (Besançon, 1993)
Salon Victor Chocquet, Ministry of Finances (Paris, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007)
Galerie Everarts (Paris, 2001)
Salon de Peinture et Sculpture des Armées Nord-est (Douai, 2002)
Salon National de Peinture et Sculpture des Armées (Château de Vincennes, 2002)
Château de Syam (Syam, 2005)
Exposition Désert Art’ique (Besançon, 2006)
Exposition pour le bicentenaire de Claude Nicolas Ledoux (Besançon, Conseil Général, 2006)
Salines royales d'Arc-et-Senans, (Arc-et-Senans 2006)
Festival de Peinture et de Sculpture de Belfort (Belfort, 2007, 2008)
Exposition pour le bicentenaire du Cadastre, Ecole nationale du Cadastre (Toulouse, 2007)

(2006, acrylic, 120 × 90 cm)

Jury of Paris exhibitions[edit]

Laurence Cavy, Christie’s
Françoise de Perthuis, Gazette Drouot
Claude Maruno, Expert of 19e and contemporary art
Edmond Laznikas, Critic
Georges Véaud, President of the Société Historique et Archéologique, Paris (XIV)
Jean-Paul Welzer, Expert of contemporary painting

Auctioneers Paris exhibitions[edit]

Pierre Cornette de Cyr
Guy Loudemer
Maître Pillon
Maître Machoïr


Dure et Douce comme le temps qui passe
(1994, pastel and acrylic, 60 × 40 cm)

Hôtel de Paris (Besançon, 1994)
Citadelle de Besançon (Besançon, 1996)
Avenue George V (Paris, 1998, 1999)
Galerie Vauban (Dijon, 1999)
Atelier Pierre Beuchey (Besançon, 2000)
Galerie Everarts (Paris, 2001)
Pianos Jean Michel Maître (Besançon, 2008)
Journée du Patrimoine (Dampierre-sur-Salon, Maison Couyba, 2012)
Salon du livre (Dampierre-sur-Salon 2009, 2012, with musical accompaniment of Hasan Bakalli, violinist for the Orchestre de Besançon Franche-Comté, Pays de Montbéliard)
Rectorat Académie de Besançon (Besançon, 2012)

Distinctions and rewards[edit]

1er Prix Institut Supérieur des Arts de Paris (Paris, 1993, Laisse-moi)
Mention spéciale, Salon Victor Chocquet (Paris, 1995, Archi)
Nomination, Salon Victor Chocquet (Paris, 1996, Une heure dans la nuit)
Mention spéciale, Salon Victor Chocquet (Paris, 1998, Quand le Scarabée d’Or)
Nomination, Salon Victor Chocquet (Paris, 2000, Soliman le magnifique)
Prix Argenson, Galerie Everarts (Paris, 2001, Quand le Scarabée d’Or)
Prix de Poésie, Salon Victor Chocquet (Paris, 2007, « Ecris pour moi »)

(2012, acrylic, 120 × 90 cm)


Catalogs of exhibitions :

"Art concours 1993"
Salon Victor Chocquet, Ministère des Finances (Paris, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007)
Galeries Everarts (2001)
Festival de Peinture et de Sculpture de Belfort (Belfort, 2007, 2008)
Association AC'Bizard (Dampierre-sur-Salon (70), Maison Couyba, 2009, 2012)

Regional press :

L'Est Républicain (1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2012)
La Provence (2001, 2005)
Arts Sports Voyages (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007)

France télévisions :

"Les artistes rencontrent leur public à l'atelier" (septembre 2000)
"La résidence d'artistes" (septembre 2002)
"Le deuxième regard" (octobre 2006)

External links[edit]

  1. ^
  2. ^ Who’s Who In International Art, 2002, p. 18 & 78
  3. ^ Encyclopédie des Arts en Franche-Comté, Jacques Rittaud-Hutinet et Chantal Leclerc, La Taillanderie, 2004, p. 111
  4. ^ Le deuxième regard, 2006, p. 32