French Arty Afternoon

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Selection_224Mother of four, successful business lady, talented artist and photographer, Marie De La Ville Bauge, has been living here for 8 years. Her husband, Jean-Félix has just finished a new book about Rasputin: ‘Dieu Regardait Ailleurs’.

The artist confesses that she is fond of Russian architecture, as can be seen by the collection of pictures with various views of Red Square, Kremlin, Dom na Naberezhnoi, churches… Marie knows the history of these ancient buildings and this helps her imbue a personal view to her photographs. She likes Moscow at night. When everything is buzzing and dancing, Marie takes photos. Later on she transforms her works into pictures painted with the colours of her soul. “This is a technique I have been using for a couple of years. I take one, two or more shots then I superpose, change the light and play with the texture on my computer.”

Selection_225Marie has been taking photos for a long time, and has kept photos from all the places she has worked: Cambodia, Africa, Sudan, Caucuses and Moscow. Beside photography Marie paints. “It was always deep in my heart,” she said. In her collection there are portraits, figurative and abstract paintings. Marie has drawn since childhood, she is from artistic family. Her grandparents and mother taught her to draw when she was young, and Marie says she finds it much easier to express her feelings through art then words.

In Moscow Marie says she has opportunities for art and business that she couldn’t find anywhere in France. She is very happy to have spent almost quarter of life here. “It’s amazing how dynamic Moscow is. You have plenty of chances to show your works. This week, I have four different exhibitions. I organized one of them, the others were arranged by friends and people from the world of art.”

As we finished with the questions Marie introduced me to a strong and charismatic middle aged man; her husband Jean-Félix De La Ville Baugé, who is a French writer and Moscow journalist.

Jean-Félix De La Ville Baugé has just finished a new book: ‘Dieu Regardait Ailleurs’ .

Although Jean-Félix doesn’t find Russia an easy place to live in, Moscow always brings out the creativity in him to write. The writer explains that there is something in the weather and the pressure that pushes him to think.

‘Dieu Regardait Ailleurs’ is Jean-Félix’s third book, and is totally different his two previous books. Jean-Félix spent 7 years writing the book, and it tells Rusputin’s story, how a group of people planned to kill him, and how he fled the country and lived abroad.

“I’ve always been interested in the Russian revolution. It is very impressive. The entire empire disappeared in just a few days,” said Jean-Félix. “I did a lot of literary research and talked to many history professors. Each time they asked me why I stuck to this or that position, and I had to explain that these were Rasputin’s own viewpoints. My hero is extremely desperate and pessimistic about Russia. He hated Russians. My own point of view is quite different.”

‘Dieu Regardait Ailleurs’ has been published in France and is distributed in all French speaking countries. When the book is translated into Russian Jean-Félix hopes to present it in Moscow and to reach a larger number of people.

Jean-Félix’s experiences in Russia have undoubtedly influenced the plot of the story. In contradiction to his hero the writer seems to be optimistic about the country’s future. “I am sure if I had lived in other countries I would write about something else,” explains Jean-Félix. I am constantly discovering Moscow. It can be an aggressive and chaotic place to live. The language is difficult to speak. Everybody is running around all the time. But it makes life more motivated. It keeps me alert as doing nothing would destroy me.”