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"Draw everything you see; this world will soon be gone!" In 1942, Frédéric’s mentor, Mathurin Méheut, urged his young student to record nature, the countryside and all the age-old crafts that would disappear with the mechanization and industrialization that followed World War II. Through these sketchbooks, travel diaries, gouaches, and book projects, rediscover a bygone way of life, with its traditional costumes, farming methods, arts, crafts, and architecture. Join Frédéric Back on his travels through his personal gallery of paintings and drawings depicting his native Alsace, Brittany where he took refuge during the Second World War, the Aboriginal cultures that so fascinated him on his arrival in Canada in 1948, colourful Mexico, and post-war Europe.

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