When Silvere Boureau came from France in 1982, he was
primarily an expressionist painter of the human form.
However, the discovery of the American landscape and
its interpretaion by nineteenth century luminists, opened
a new vision on painting. Boureau sought to experience
the wilderness first hand, by hiking in remote areas
in the backwoods of Maine, the Adirondack Mountains
and the Grand Canyon. To stand on a mountain top and
look as far as the eye can see without encountering
any mark of human intervention remains an exhilarating
experience for him. Especially coming from western Europe
where the hand of man on the landscape is omnipresent,
the discovery of "wilderness" was a revelation.
take time to roam the Eastern States forests scouting
for that special place - an out of the way valley, a
hidden water fall in an untouched landscape, where you
can feel the timelessness of ecosystems in perfect balance.
I paint "en plein air", sketch, or take a
photograph and then paint a larger picture in my studio.
My intention is to capture and render the spirit of
the place with minimal interpretation".