SHOW CASE OF THE WORKS OF JACQUES CORDIER
In the heart of the Dolce Vita Tropezienne of the 60s and 70s, the artist Jacques Cordier created his greatest works, lulled by the village's gentle way of life and his happiness with his wife, the young and beautiful Simone, who watched over the family home at the Hôtel de la Ponche.
Since his early childhood, Jacques Cordier lived only for painting. A hard worker, rather shy and secretive, he agreed to follow the courses of drawing professorship of the city of Paris, to reassure his parents. At the dawn of the fifties, he accompanied his father, a butler, for the summer season in Saint-Tropez and discovered the extraordinary light with wonder.
In this small seaside village frequented by a group of young intellectuals and bohemian artists from Saint-Germain-des-Près, Jacques painted instinctively. His first works are Indian inks that he creates at la Ponche and the Rue de la Miséricorde "they reflect his solid training as a draughtsman and were his first successes... We can't help but draw a parallel with Bernard Buffet's works... They both started around the same time, without knowing each other, by hanging their works in the capital's bars and restaurants...
They would meet a few years later in Saint-Tropez," explains Jean-Paul Monery, chief curator of heritage and a specialist in the artist's work.
Nous ne pouvons pas nous empêcher de faire un parallèle avec les oeuvres de Bernard Buffet, bien entendu… Tous les deux commencent à peu près à la même époque, sans se connaître, en accrochant leurs oeuvres dans les bars et les restaurants de la capitale… Ils se rencontreront quelques années plus tard à Saint-Tropez » explique Jean-Paul Monery, conservateur en chef du patrimoine et spécialiste de l’artiste.