Bernard SCHOLL is an artist working in France, with his work represented in two French galleries and four in USA. Since adolescence, he has been interested in traditional painting, and he undertook to study the works of the great masters with the intention of exploring the technique of oil-based paint.
At the beginning of 1980, he registered with Beaux-Arts of Metz, to look further into his knowledge of drawing, still life and the live model. Over a period of ten years, he reproduced the chiaroscuro of Rembrandt, the gallant character and drapery of Boucher and Fragonard, the impetuous horses of Gericault, the youths found in Greuze, and the seasons of Bruegel.
In 1984, during an exhibition at the castle of Luneville (Meurthe et Moselle), he discovered with amazement the living masters of “Trompe-l’oeil”. Earning a Gold Medal among French artists in 1994 and many prizes in the provinces, Bernard SCHOLL was set free from any influence. His search is original by its eternal character. The composition of each one of his paintings is the driving element, the mise-en-scene. Nothing is left random, each detail counts. Sometimes a note of humour slips in.
The dexterity of the artist is without artifice; he succeeds in the same space, with truth and with dream, because the painter of “Trompe-l’oeil” himself not only reproduces reality with an impressive exactitude, but also a lyric poetry. The harmony and poetry must result from the need for alliance between the right gesture and the right time.
Light is omnipresent in each artwork of Bernard SCHOLL, but it is a light which cherishes what it touches, which bathes the work in silence and serenity. The end result is remarkable in its virtuosity.
This work, an original oil on board, is one of his most detailed, down to the spectacles toward the bottom of the image. Particular attention was paid to the pages of the books. According to the artist, it is simply called “Comme dans les Livres” (“As in the Books”). It is written on the red book in the middle of the painting. Completed in October of 2000, the size is approximately 90cm x 70cm (35.4″ x 27.6″).