Draftsman, painter, engraver, the edges of the Lot knew several of them whose memory lives on in the world of art. Gabriel-Antoine Barlangue and Pierre Eychart, born in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, are among them.
Several artists were born or developed their art on the banks of the Lot. Two of them are to be discovered or rediscovered. Gabriel-Antoine Barlangue is the better known of the two. Pierre Eychart was born on the banks of the Lot but it was far from his native town that he gave body to his painting and expressed his multifaceted talent.
Gabriel Antoine Barlangue is a French designer, engraver, illustrator and painter, born in Villeneuve-sur-Lot on February 24, 1874 and died in Charenton-le-Pont on April 7, 1956 at the age of 82. He was a laureate of the School of Fine Arts in Toulouse. He went to Paris in 1893 where he was received first out of 550 competitors and joined the National School of Fine Arts where he acquired his know-how from his masters, the painters Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921) and Benjamin Constant. (1845-1902). He trained in engraving with Jean Patricot (portraitist, chisel engraver and lithographer), Henri-Émile Lefort (etching engraver) and especially Antonin Delzés (chisel and etching engraver). ). He regularly participated in the Salon of the Society of French Artists from 1900 where he exhibited paintings, engravings and drawings, landscapes, portraits as well as scenes of daily life or religious scenes. He received several awards there from 1902: the silver medal in 1924 and two years later, the gold medal. He was a member of the jury in 1927. Antonin Delzès introduced him to the world of postal competitions. He produced his first stamp, “Jeanne d’Arc”, in 1928. He engraved, from 1937 to 1953, 31 French stamps, 27 stamps for the colonies and some foreign countries. Around 1930, he set up his studio in Charenton-le-Pont where he had a press to indulge in his second passion, engraving. In the 1930s, Villeneuve-sur-Lot called on him: the archpriest François Descuns commissioned him to paint the choir of the Sainte-Catherine church under construction thanks to the financial support of Georges Leygues. He paints the decor of the cul-de-four. Based in Charenton-le-Pont, he still remains very attached to Lot-et-Garonne. He bought a house in Penne-d’Agenais where he stays during the summer period. He produced a large number of engravings, drawings and paintings which testify to his classical teaching. Among his portraits we note the painting “Girl in Kimono” or a pretty pastel, “Young woman in a black hat”, representing his wife. He was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1931 and then an Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1953.
Eychart, prolific artist
Pierre Eychart was born on March 10, 1942 in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. He died on November 25, 2013 in Montereau-Fault-Yonne. Son of Paul Eychart, he became a student at the School of Fine Arts in Clermont-Ferrand where his father, a teacher, introduced him to drawing and painting. He continued his training at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, Roger Chapelain-Midy workshop. He perfected his skills at the Casa de Velásquez, 40th promotion, from 1969 to 1971. The Casa de Velázquez is a French school abroad, located in Madrid, Spain, with the status of a public, scientific, cultural and professional dependent on the Ministry for Higher Education and Research. He settled and worked in his studio on rue Gauget in the 14th arrondissement in Paris. Particularly prolific, more than 2000 works, oils, drawings, watercolors, writings, he participates or chairs many exhibitions in France or abroad and wins many prizes. He explained his definition of the “meaning of art” as follows: “Any work of art carries within itself a critique of the world and being aware of it must reveal its nature but also the social reality in which we live. However, the overall characteristic that can be noted in today’s society is that of its diversion by the domination of mercantilism and its attempt to liquidate the natural meaning of our existence.And Art itself poses, precisely, the question of this meaning.” He is buried in the Estresses cemetery in Saint-Julien de Toursac in Cantal. You can see his works at the Bargoin museum in Clermont-Ferrand (63) and in the town halls of Nohanent (63), Saint-Mammès (77), Laroquebrou (15), Moret-sur-Loing (77), etc. .