Leo Marchutz with his paintings
In 1928, a German-born artist named Leo Marchutz (1903-1976) came to Aix-en-Provence to see the motifs of Paul Cézanne. Inspired by the light and structure of the landscape, he stayed, living at the Château Noir for forty years. A foremost authority on the work of Cézanne, Marchutz was also an innovator in the fields of lithography, painting, drawing, and art education.
For more than twenty five years all members of the teaching staff, have been either students of Leo Marchutz or alumni of the School. Four distinct generations have ensured the continuity of the School’s fundamental substance and pedagogy :
(Left) The Marchutz School Police Bus at first summer school in 1972; (Right) Current and former Marchutz School teachers, in 1984. From left to right: Alan Roberts, William Weyman, John Gasparach, and Francois de Asis.
Remembering Leo Marchutz:
"Marchutz attained this surprising result: mastering the light in such a manner that it seems to be extracted from the white of the paper. Light creating form while at the same time leaving it free, breathing and always fleeing." -André Masson
"(Marchutz) expels little by little all that is not essential to the image. He grasps by one necessary stroke the quickness of the flash of an eye... He achieves in the same way, before a landscape, the fundamentals of mass, light and color between air, ground and buildings, and finally, at the end of a patiently followed road, arrives at an extreme purity." -George Duby
"When Leo Marchutz arrived at Chateaunoir... he was like a migrating bird who had found his climate. His settling there was not premeditated. Was he influenced by Cézanne? If one puts the question to him, he is at a loss for words. It seems rather that he met and recognized Cézanne as Baudelaire met and recognized Edgar Poe. The work of Cézanne throws light on his because the two works start from the same heights. They join each other at the source." -Marcel Ruff
"I remember one comment that was really important to me. An art critic said that one must see Cézanne in the light of Aix." -Leo Marchutz
Works by Leo Marchutz