Caziel: Paintings 1963-67: Lacerated Rhythms

Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm


Caziel’s paintings dating 1963-1967 demonstrate an exciting development in his research into Abstraction during his last years in France, before moving to Somerset, UK. With these works Caziel believed that, as Picasso and Braque did when they invented Cubism, he was reaching for a higher order of reality, a new perspective, which hinted at the spiritual in a search for the fourth dimension. These works exude energy and vitality - the colours dazzle, making the shapes cheerful.


At the beginning of his 1960s outburst of creativity starting in 1963, Caziel was living in the village Ponthévrard, with his wife Catherine Sinclair, the headstrong artistic daughter of Sir Archibald Sinclair, Secretary of State for Air during the Second World War, and their five-year old young daughter Clementina. The present group of paintings encapsulate the happiest period of Caziel’s life when he and his muse Catherine lived out their dream existence in this rural paradise located on the South-West outskirts of Paris.


Caziel worked like an alchemist combining colours and shapes in exactly the desired amounts, in order to create a response to the essence of being; his works do not defy description but to look for tangible meaning is to deny them of their utilitarian purpose. Caziel believed in the healing power of the visual arts, his thoughtful combinations of colour and form aim to nourish the soul just as food nourishes the body.


Whitford Fine Art has been handling Caziel’s Estate since 1994.