Fabienne Delacroix at Saper

Fabienne Delacroix

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Now on display in the west gallery!

Fabienne Delacroix is the third and youngest child of Michel Delacroix, a renowned painter in the Naïf style. Like her father, Fabienne looks to her native France for inspiration in painting. Her figures inhabit a simpler time and place, characterized by sailing, horse races, walking, and boating.

By their uninhibited enjoyment of these leisure activities, Delacroix's figures hark back to a time past. Specifically, they recall the Belle Époque, the period surrounding the turn of the 20th century that continues to symbolize joyful living. Today, these works provide a peaceful respite from a very different world.

Delacroix's works are steeped in the poetry of another time.  Her quiet, lyrical canvases are windows on the past –that legendary era of memory and desire when life was sweet and pleasures innocent and simple, when people flocked to Deauville, Dinard, Nice or Monte Carlo on the French Riviera to take country walks and bathe in the waters off the shores.

Filled with soft reds, yellows, greens, and blues, Delacroix's pastoral landscapes show a love for color and light. They serve as a monument to the Southern region of France that has inspired so much of her work. Delacroix's paintings are also steeped in French painting traditions, looking to the subject matter of the Impressionists and, in some places, borrowing from their styles.

Born in 1972 in a family of artists, Fabienne Delacroix enjoyed a high quality of schooling following her father Michel Delacroix’s tutorial. By the age of ten, she showed her work for the first time at a gallery in Carmel, California, where it proved so popular that it sold out. Since 1996 she has been devoting herself to painting when her first three limited editions were such a success that they virtually sold out.

Ever since, her work has been displayed in Washington D.C, Boston, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans and Japan where she has regularly attended joint or personal exhibitions. Fabienne Delacroix’s growing fame has also led to numerous prestigious commissions.

Both in 1997 and in 1998, New York Knick’s star, John Starks asked Fabienne to create the official images for the Annual Celebrity benefit and Golf Classic. Posters created from each of the images have raised a significant amount of money for the John Stark Foundation, which benefits inner-city youth nationally.

In 1998, YES, producer of the annual celebrity AIDS benefit, Boathouse Rock, invited Fabienne Delacroix to create art work for its Seventh Annual Celebrations in New York Central Park.  The painting was auctioned off at the gala event, and the proceeds donated to AmFar; America’s leading nonprofit organization which supports AIDS research, education and policy.

In 1999 Fabienne Delacroix was chosen to be the official artist for the Special Olympics World Summer Games (in North Carolina) and created three images for the event.

In 2001, her paintings were used as decor for a recital of opera of the mezzo-soprano Malika Bellaribi Le Moal, who performed throughout the year at the Théâtre du Renard in Paris and in several large cities all over France.

After eight years living in Madagascar, the nostalgia of her beloved country becoming too strong, Fabienne Delacroix moved back to Paris in the studio that her father occupied in the past in the 14th district of Paris. 

Saper Galleries is honored to share with its clients and visitors these special, unique paintings of Fabienne Delacroix.

Enjoy the text that Fabienne provided us describing the inspiration that led her to paint what you see here and now in our east gallery.

We look forward to welcoming your visit!

                                                      ~ Roy Saper
Fabienne Delacroix

Fin de partie
Fin de partie
(End Game)
Original acrylic painting on canvas
11 1/2 x 11 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $4,000 framed

"Although I borrowed from Samuel Beckett the title of his well-known play, Fin de partie is about an early morning return home after a happy and festive night in the district of Pigalles, on the Butte of Montmartre of Paris.  Obviously, the couples are in a very happy mood that nothing, even the rain, can spoil.

Moissons a
Moissons à Pesmes
(Harvest in Pesmes)
Original acrylic painting on canvas
11 3/4 x 11 3/4"
$4,000 framed

"Sometimes at the end of hot summer days, the sky over Burgundy where the village of Pesmes is located turns almost to purple announcing a thunderstorm. I tried to recreate this atmosphere with the smell of the dry wheat field and the family quietly returning home after the harvest."

Sous le pont
Sous le pont
(Under the Bridge)
Original acrylic painting on canvas
  8 1/2 x 10 1/2"
$3,000 framed

"This painting is about a beautiful Sunday afternoon, early September nearby Paris on the river Marne or on the Seine. Summer is still in the air although the colors of fall are starting to appear. Carp, brochet…  Freshwater fishing is a simple pleasure."

Soiree d'ete au lapin Agile
Soirée d'été au lapin Agile
(Summer Night at the Lapin Agile)
Original acrylic painting on canvas
15 x 18"
Sorry, sold for $5,500 framed

"The Lapin Agile is located in the center of the Montmartre district in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, behind and slightly northwest of Sacré Coeur Basilica. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Lapin Agile was a favorite spot for struggling artists and writers, including Picasso, Modigliani, Apollinaire, and Utrillo.  On such summer days, artists, as well as students, or just ordinary people would gather as the night would slowly be falling down."

La charette
La charette bleue
(The Blue Cart)
Original acrylic painting on canvas
10 1/2 x 13 3/4"
Sorry, sold for $4,000 framed

"La Charette bleue is a souvenir of an imaginary childhood in Provence very much influenced by the French author Marcel Pagnol.  As a young child, his family would spend the summer out in the country by the Garlaban mountain in the Alpilles range near the city of Aubagne [in Southern France].  It would take several hours getting there and on the way, the family would make a stop in such a little inn to avoid the hottest hours of the day."

Moments enchantés
(Enchanted Moments)
Original acrylic painting on canvas
10 1/2 x 13 3/4"
$4,000 framed

"This scene takes place in the Parc Borely of Marseille.  Once again it is inspired by the childhood memories of writer Marcel Pagnol.  In his novel La gloire de mon père (the glory of my father) he recalls the long walks he would take with his aunt Rose.  Plane trees are typical in Provence parks."

Le trois mats
Le trois mâts
(The Three Masts)
Original acrylic painting on canvas
  8 1/2 x 10 1/2"
$3,000 framed

"This painting is about the unique light over the Mediterranean sea when sailors would go out of the shore for training.  The sea at the end of the day, just like the Greek poet Homère described it, would take almost any color."
Fabienne at her
                  easel painting
Fabienne painting
Fabienne's paintings
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Fabienne's paintings displayed now

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