Since 1956, Jean-Claude Picot has been a full-time professional artist. He has seriously studied the works of the Fauvist masters Vlaminck, Derain and Matisse. Like those great masters, whose exuberant canvases excited great attention in the first decade of our century due to their revolutionary use of color, texture and abstract form, so we find the same excitement in the works of Picot. Picot has developed a unique style that recalls a Post-Impressionist application of color combined with the expressive qualities of line. The world of art is often one of a happy reflection on relaxation, and his personal "joie de vivre". He captures the animation, romance, and essence of the landscape. Since 1974, Picot has exhibited in over twenty-five one man shows throughout the world including exhibitions in the United States, Belgium, Norway and Australia. Picot lives a part of the year in the south of France. A master printmaker he often draws on the Cote d’Azur, its visitors, its beaches, its boat-filled harbors. His work abounds with natural beauty and breath-taking views charged with the unique light of the Mediterranean. Picot works in a post-impressionist manner reducing flowers, trees, houses and figures to their essential forms. In reviews of Picot’s most recent solo shows in Paris, Bordeaux and Oslo, the critics cited affinities between the masters of he turn of the century Impressionism and early twentieth century fauvism and the 57 year old french artist, thus beginning to place his work in the art history of important French landscape painters.