Charles Gross is a contemporary French painter from Lorraine in the North East part of the country. Like the Flemish masters who all had to go to Italy for Revelation, he has kept an amorous eye on the warm light of Italy, painting Venice for almost 40 years. Let him explain his passion with his own words: I was born in Metz in 1915. At age 15 I started painting as an apprentice for Francois Heigel, a local painter who now has quite a reputation. Shortly afterwards, I became Untersteller’s apprentice, who had received 2nd place at Prix de Rome in the 30’s. At that time, for a while, I painted stage sceneries for the theater in Metz. During WW2, after being released from the army, I learned and worked on restoration on antique paintings. It is only in the 50’s that I became totally enthralled by the light of Venice, where I set my easel. I have painted other subjects like horses, mountains, the Alps, but it is Venice that still seduces me, even though I am reaching 80. I would like o believe that God will allow me the eyes, so that, until the end, I can still paint the Grand Canal and the gondolas.