My thesis project is comprised of parts one and two of the book, Studio Laffitte, a historical narrative based, in-part, on the work and experience of French painter Georges Rouault, and his patron Ambroise Vollard. The characters’ names, however, have been altered, in order to provide the story with a degree of chronological flexibility; Rouault becomes Alain Moreau, while Vollard is represented by gallery owner Guillaume Aubrey.
Moreau is a middle-aged painter in inter-war France, beset by debt and struggling to have his work accepted by the Parisian arts community. A chance encounter with the celebrated gallery owner Guillaume Aubrey provides Alain with a rare opportunity: in exchange for exclusive patronage rights, Aubrey will provide the artist with studio space and essential materials, free of charge. The arrangement, however, turns sour when, over the course of a year, Aubrey refuses to publicize the artist’s work, and Alain is left in a state of exhibition-less limbo.