"His painting is at the same time rich
and rigorous, near Cezanne’s one by the structure of very dominated
sensitivity of the light expressed by the taints, often cold in landscapes
and faces, and warm in still lives. They are remarkably sure, discreetly
impressionist by the poetic vibration of values, of a great classical
spirit in the stability of composition and interiorization of the drawing.
It is an art of strong range, without aggressiveness, of a natural distinction,
which communicates a natural and human emotion, deeply convincing."
canvas have a delicacy which translates a very subtle sensitivity,
enemy of the violences of expression. They readily take the ways
which lead to poetry or fairyhood, or even to the neighbourhood
of informality. A painting which those who are sensitive to the
nuance, the suggestion, subtlety and charm will particularly like."
B. SAINT-AIGNAN. "L’amateur d’art"
(march, 24th 1977)
Exhibition : Galerie d’art ROR VOLMAR, Paris.
is "hardly touched" in broad zones generally wrapping
the subject, who appears in a clean light of a great smoothness.
Hervé DUBREIL needs little to say much, to go beyond brutal
appearance, to join a climate entirely made of poetry.
CHABANON. « Le Peintre » (October,
: Galerie d’art ROR VOLMAR, Paris.
There are in fact two ways of conceiving Hervé DUBREIL's
painting. Admittedly, he always works by more or less widened
spots of color, more or less fuzzy, which sometimes lets one think
of a form of modern impressionism ; but he also happens to split
up space into two or three zones, and the color then becomes light.
Thus, he helps himself with color, to handle space in his own
way, because diffuse light moves objects away or brings them closer.
Thus he manages to carry out a new balance between his subject
and the surrounding universe.
MIRAS-ARNOULT. "Les nouvelles affiches de Marseille"
Exhibition : Galerie DU PALAIS, Marseille.
Hervé DUBREIL knows how to say the essence of what his
glance tames in his memory. A landscape under a tender light as
a caress, an interior with a powdered atmosphere or a composition
of objects in his space vision. Everything in DUBREIL's work is
organized in a very pure way, from a warmness to a coldness of
taints that nothing disturbs, as one finds everywhere this precious
range of sensitivity and a desire to share the intense emotion
of a moment of happiness.
C.B. « La Provence » (1986)
Exhibition « Galerie LE PONANT » Marseille,
recreates the lower part of things, using an unusual and very
sophisticated ratio of colors.
Broken with techniques, disregarding details, he alternates smooth
and grained matters in large aplats, associating rhythmic rigour
and great freedom. "I try to release myself from the surface
of the subject, to perceive the "interior", to express
the "inside" of things, to retain only the essence of
Inard d'Argence "Nice Matin"
(June, 12th 1996).
this essence is that he has met in Provence. Dubreil’s characters
appear clothed with their aura, the spirit of these ancesters
who have made this country as hard as mysterious, as dark as luminous,
which can give back to those who know how to look at it the light,
the heat and the colors of a sun that the artist has capted. He
is not a Provencal, but he is a poet. His painting does not make
tourism, it is a quest of absolute purity, of that which leads
towards this invisible thing that the great colors are.
Inard d'Argence - "Nice Matin"
(December, 26th 1995)