Francis BERTHAULT

Francis BERTHAULT was born in Paris. From childhood, he discovers the art of music and he’s a choir singer at Notre Dame of Paris’Cathedral. Then, teenager, he discoveres the mountain and he’s a high level climber. But, after hurting, he was forced to stop the sport. It’s at this time that Francis Berthault starts to painting.

At 25 years old, he enters at the Fine Art of Paris (but he was also received at the Royal Academy of London) and graduated three years later. Consequently, he worked in the art gallery of Olivier Debré and Jean Berthole, and gets a plastic Art Masters .

The beginnings of his career is marked by his participation in an association « Iconophone », which brings together the work of artists and musicians for search a utopian agreement between the two arts.

In the 1980’s, Francis Berthault’s paintings asserts themselves. This, original, is characterized by the representation of motifs, nearly abstractive, of portraits and landscapes in bright colors with cutouts and collages. Francis Berthault, lover of life, wanted to use materials that had lived. He develops a imaginary world.

He collaborated with the art gallery Colas of Paris and exhibited in Parisian and international galleries. He participated, in particular, to the first exhibition of Western painters in Russia, after which one of his works includes the collection of the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg.

In the 1990’s, Francis Berthault leave the capital to join a village in the departement of Orne (in the north of France). He invests himself more in the arts. Indeed, he created the cultural center “La laverie”, he became deputy culture at La Ferte and he directs the festival “Artec”. He returned to Paris and he shares the artist’s studio of his friend and painter Berjoan. He chooses to concentrate on his painting and exhibitions. But, after a few years in the city, he settled at the lake and mountains Annecy. This landscape, the landscape of his life, are the greatest source of influence of Francis Berthault.