Monique Chrétien

Monique has been passionate about drawing fever since an early age. Her childhood in Normandy saw the birth of her first artistic emotions. The little girl quickly understood the importance of art to escape into a magical world full of possibilities. Growing up, she combined her professional activities with drawing and painting, but secretly aspired to greater freedom. The need to paint became ever-present.
In 1972, Monique decided to devote herself entirely to art. She left Paris, where she had worked for some time, for the warmth of the south. She moved to Arles and Aix-en-Provence, a city of light. She attended a few courses in private workshops and worked tirelessly. Monique strengthened her technical expertise for three years at the School of Fine Arts. Her teachers encouraged her to persevere, and the artist became more confident. She was determined to live from her passion and opened a studio. She taught fine arts for ten years. The year 2000 marked the beginning of her artistic career. She participated in her first exhibition. Monica now lives in a small village in the Hautes-Alpes. She exhibits in the south of France and abroad.
While she masters many techniques (watercolour, pastel, ink, acrylic), she prefers oil painting. She has great admiration for the masters of Impressionism and the French painters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Edward Monet, Eugene Boudin, Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard.
Monique finds inspiration in her adopted land, Provence, and her subjects are rich and varied (still lifes, portraits, landscapes...). A search for simplicity is at the heart of her work. The artist starts by painting a design. Then she reworks it in the quiet of her studio in order to avoid unnecessary details and focus only on the essentials. Through her figurative paintings, Monique wishes to depict the emotion she feels at the intense contrasts of light in her adopted homeland.