It was never the shiny surface that interested the loner from North France, he simply wanted to paint, according to his résumé. The process or the reality of painting was a basic existential state in which Eugène Leroy operated throughout his life. Painting was not automatically a picture for him, and he certainly made no distinction between the representational and the abstract. He is rather an independent artist at heart, who seeks, as he put it himself, “balance between the demands of the visual and those of painting.
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