The artist we were talking about was the now well-known and highly coveted Andree Thobaty, whom we have been representing happily for about five years.
It’s always such a pleasure to visit Andree in her little studio in France. First off, she is just the loveliest person imaginable, in her sweet, polite and enthusiastic way. Secondly, her studio is marvelously well organized, so it’s easy to sift through and make our pickings. And third, we just love the fact that this elegant, well-dressed person “of a certain age” as they put in France, is actually a terror with paint : the looser, the more abstract the better! If she could throw it on the canvas, she would.
Andree's painting technique has been admired by so many of our clients and fellow artists that is was only natural, on our last visit to France with Nancy Franke’s lovely group of artists, that one of their top to-do's was to paint with or at least meet the legendary Andree Thobaty.
I had to leave the scene that day, but according to all present, Andree’s encounter with our little group of American artists was probably one of the most moving and enthusiastic bi-cultural love fests to occur on French soil -- since the liberation of France in 1945! Although few words were exchanged (since there was a significant language barrier), through gestures and smiles and paint brushes and palette knives, communication flowed seamlessly. The artists came back energized and excited to have met the iconic Andree. And Andree said it was one of the happiest moments of her life. Truly.
This is why we do what we do - and love every minute of it.