France | Brittany

Life in Brittany

“Land of forests and sea: that’s the Brittany peninsula, whose tree-lined pastures contrast with a rugged coastline pounded relentlessly by the waves. I spent World War II ensconced in this land of traditional costumes and timeless customs, with its chapels and its fountains festooned with multicoloured lichens. Under shifting skies, amidst sumptuous religious architecture, villages nestled into the landscape, and an endless pageant of colours and textures.”
Frédéric Back

Frédéric Back moved to Brittany at the outbreak of the Second World War, when his father’s orchestra was evacuated there. Brittany is where he would undergo his artistic training.

He returned to Brittany with his wife in 1954 to visit friends.

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Coast of Brittany
1942
France, Brittany, Finistère, Poulhan, Audierne Bay
Study, gouache, on studio paper
Credit: Frédéric Back
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