Walking is a happy experience in which the walker keeps in mind what he has seen, while he approaches what he is going to see. It is almost the contrary of the experience of speed, in which the landscape is continually disappearing. Mental time is like a spirual in which the mind keeps in memory what has just passed and anticipates what it is going to happen, that future becoming in its turn a past which is kept in memory, and so on ... As a painter my challenge is to render the changing landscape which is discovered while walking in the simultaneity of the canvas : that is what I call space-time.
Walking in French Riviera
Albert Lichten - Severals routes to go down to the sea - 2005 - oil on canvas - 92 x 73 cm
It is not here a question of bird's eye view of a montionless observer, but a successive discovery - which is testified by the plurality of vanishing points - which is rendered in a simultaneous construction.
Albert Lichten - The return path - 2000 - oil on canvas - 120 x 60 cm
The destination of the route is one of the houses of which we can catch a glimpse at the left end of the canvas.
Albert Lichten - The big stairs in Rayol- 2000 - oil on canvas - 92 x 73 cm
I represented the stairs at an oblique angle, to express the feeling one can have in those big stairs above the sea, as if one was flying in the air.
Albert Lichten - Field of Almond trees in the "Maures" massif - 2000 - oil on canvas - 92 x 73 cm
Drinving on the Crest Road, overhanging sheer wooded slopes and arid small valleys, we caught a glimpse of this almond trees field. When we got down, I walked all around , drew some sketches. Back in Paris in my studio, I made this painting, remenbering what I had seen above and below.
Albert Lichten - The dawdler - 2006 - oil on canvas - 73 x 60 cm
The dawdler is now in a hurry.
Albert Lichten - Where is she gone ? - 2000 - oil on canvas - 65 x 100 cm
Albert Lichten - A whole day in Port Cros island - 2003 - oil on canvas - 80 x 80 cm
Albert Lichten - descending the stairs with cactuses and amphoras - 2010 - oil on canvas - 92 x 73 cm
Stairs...Landing, stairs...landing,stairs again... The canvas shows what the perspective does not allow to represent
Walking in the country side
Albert Lichten - Through the hills in Nièvre (the center of France) - 2004 - oil on canvas - 73 x 54 cm
Albert Lichten - Above the meanders of the rivers Seine - 2001 - oil on canvas - 92 x 73 cm
Albert Lichten - Along the Loire river at Pouilly - 2006 - oil on canvas - 60x 73 cm
Albert Lichten - Along the river Seine in Normandy - 2010 - oil on canvas - 73 x 60 cm
Walking in Paris
Albert Lichten - Couple walking through the public garden "Le Gall" in Paris - 2001 - oil on canvas - 60 x 73 cm
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