It was with great pleasure and emotion that I participated in a new contribution for France-Amérique magazine based in New York. This time, I was asked to make four watercolors on paper to illustrate the narration of a very beautiful text on a rather special guided tour: the trenches of Verdun. Dive into the heart of the villages during the First World War to illustrate the cemeteries, forts and memorials of this great conflict.
In order to bring a little joie de vivre and cheerfulness to this theme, I opted for bright colors and a cheerful palette of tones. Large watercolor juices allow landscapes to give back a little taste for life with an atmosphere more shimmering than grayish.
It is not a question of truncating a sad and brooding reality, but of approaching the subject with illustrations with a fresher, spring-like treatise. In any case, the pleasure and the emotion were at the rendezvous for the creation of this series of visuals.
Each time I am doing illustrations for magazines, it is a great satisfaction to create new visuals, especially with such an intense meaning.