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Cugny exposure.   Editorial In tribute to my friend René Cugny, self-taught amateur painter, nonconformist, unclassifiable, and high quality man...
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René, an agricultural engineer, has work many years for mayor of Paris, and participated several times in the establishment of internationnal Flower Show of Paris.
Retired in Lezignan-Corbieres in Aude department, the hometown of his wife, he resumed his ancient hobby : painting.
Demanding with himself, perfectionist and curious, René was introduced to all technicals : brush, painting knife... watercolor, oil, ink or pastel.
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I met the Cugny's in 1992, I was then Physical Therapist at Lezignan-Corbieres, they needed my services...
Soon a friendship has developed, made of mutual esteem and complicity in all directions.
René gradually invited me to share his pictorial universe, in his small workshop. Excellent handy-man, he also realized all its frames.
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From 1995 to 2000, having left physiotherapy and being installed as a handy-man, he still honored its customers, and we spent long hours, after work, to discuss in his garden on Bergere street in the shade of mulberry-plane tree, or in it's garage/workshop to dissect his latest creations.
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From 2001, after computer retraining for health reasons, we continued to see us from time to time, and, naturally, the idea came to make an internet book... All photos shown were made in his workshop between 2002 and 2003.
I left the area in late 2004, life has passed, the project was forgotten...
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In our last conversation, he told me the recent discovery of a fatal disease. I think that 12 years later, and considering his age, he should be dead and standing alongside is belowed wife in the cemetery of Lezignan-Corbieres.
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Retired myself, I resumed the project, with the only wish to do some survive his work.
I present a selection of his productions from the 1993/2003 decade, sorted by thematic galleries.
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Rebel in worldliness or mercantile spirit, René has never titled his paintings. Out of respect for his memory, I do not do either.
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What happened to his paintings ? I have no idea. I have never known neither his children nor his family...
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Your indulgence is required for the size and quality of pictures.
At the time,
  - internet connections were very slow and could not show that small highly compressed images,
  - digital photography was in its infancy "general public",
  - the hard drives of our computers had low capacity,
  and novice webmaster, I was tracking the available space and never thinking to save the original digital files... shame on me!.

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