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François Cheng

« With that permanently surprised look on his angel face, Jacques Cordier has stayed young, very young indeed, as his life ended at 38 years of age.

The words that caracterise him, as you happen to glance at one of his photos, are precociousness and intensity. He has in him a likeness to Mozart or to Rimbaud. However, without a shadow of a doubt his form of expression is pictorial art.

Following a period of training and practice already revealing an instinctive skill, he soon found his way. Once this determined, his being became entirely resolved to painting. Photos of him at work  show him always in such a state of concentration, his body and his soul absorbed in the act of painting.
"Within him there was some Mozart and some Rimbaud... His body and soul were absorbed in the act of painting. Faced with what was offered, the splendours concealed by the living universe, he became matter, he became light. He transformed himself into a meeting place, this precise point where the sky and the sea meet, where the trembling movements of beings and things cristalise. Especially with his water colours, the painter functioned as would a calligrapher, the idea not being to copy Creation but rather to imitate "the very motion of the Creator".

Jacques Cordier, painter of the instant, remains faithful to the real and to the quintessential part of this real. With him, there’s nothing overbearing, no narcistic subjectivity; just the right vision, the correct measure, transformed by rythmic breathing.
In each of his works, he strives to bring out this space where meet the visible and the invisible, the finite and the infinite, as did the chinese masters of Yuan and Ying.

His favourite world is undeniably where the water lies: the banks of the Loire, Venice, Saint-Tropez. In the same way as Turner, he captures the fluid, ethereal atmosphere. However, he is just as authentic when painting a landscape, bringing to life reliefs of an amazing plasticity which evoke the work of Nicolas de Staël.
Nevertheless, he is above all himself, endowed with the magic power to capture the elements in their intimate development and their secret metamorphosis. I will not forget this snow scene in which are merging faultlessly the solid and the liquid, the masculine and the feminine, a pure trace of a graceful moment depicting the very image of this artist’s lightning passage on earth.”

François Cheng
of the académie française – July-August 2003