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THE MONDAY PAINTER - A visit to Michel Devrient’s Atelier - Chevigny, Burgundy, France


To anyone who has tried to teach the Beaux arts as I have done, the art education of Michel Devrient is necessarily daunting. As he tells us in the notes that follow here, he was exposed to art at an early age by his sensitive cultivated parents. He studied drawing, art history, philosophy and law in Lausanne and Paris. He attended lectures at the Sorbonne. He roamed the great galleries of the Louvre. He remained however, remarkably innocent of aesthetic influence from this admirable experience. What he learned about art, and about being an artist , he learned in some other way, some idiosyncratic way, by following simply, perhaps naively, the fugitive will o’the wisp of his talent. Michel Devrient spends most of his time in France, in the Auxois, where he maintains a studio in an old farm building. his wife Anne, a silversmith lives with him there. His children Sébastien and Tamara, grew up there and still visit frequently. - Virgil Burnett

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“I LISTEN TO THE NIGHT THE WAY OTHERS EAVESDROP AT A DOOR. I CATCH THE RAIN LIKE I OVERHEAR A CONVERSATION.”

Michel Devrient

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To anyone who has tried to teach the Beaux arts as I have done, the art education of Michel Devrient is necessarily daunting. As he tells us in the notes that follow here, he was exposed to art at an early age by his sensitive cultivated parents. He studied drawing, art history, philosophy and law in Lausanne and Paris. He attended lectures at the Sorbonne. He roamed the great galleries of the Louvre.

He remained however, remarkably innocent of aesthetic influence from this admirable experience. What he learned about art, and about being an artist , he learned in some other way, some idiosyncratic way, by following simply, perhaps naively, the fugitive will o’the wisp of his talent. - Virgil Burnett

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