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thierry poncelet the artist
thierry poncelet the artist
thierry poncelet the artist
thierry poncelet the artist
thierry poncelet the artist
thierry poncelet the artist

thierry poncelet - the Portrait Room artist

You're born in 1946 in Brussels. After studying Fine Arts at the St Luc Academy, you join Max Massot's workshop to learn the art of painting in traditional way and restoring fine paintings.

After establishing yourself as a renowned restorer you also began to deal fine arts. One day as you were working on an aristocratic portrait, tired and bored by the ugly face of the Lady, you have had this miraculous inspiration to replace her head by your own dog's one. The result was striking, but had to be just a no tomorrow joke. It did not and the first aristochien was born. The enthusiasm of friends and colleagues for this strange restoration was immediate and since then many other Aristochiens are born from forgotten family portraits and are reknown and admired through the world...

Of course there might be some parts of legend in this story... when one has the chance to spend some time chatting whith you about old masters and art of painting and restoring, we discover how deep are your admiration and perfect knowledge of their techniques and ambitions. As a restorer and art dealer you discovered whith sadness that the art of portraiture - for which you had the greatest admiration - was deeply forgotten and despised. Most of XVIIIth and XIXth Century ancestral portraits are laid in attics or sold in flea market. That's why the idea of giving them a new life and a new "dog identity" was really intended as paying them a real homage.

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