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Life’s Work of Surrealist Artist “Peccadet” the focus of talk in Payne Gallery

Curator and friend Adrienne Sprouse to share insight into the remarkable life of Edouard Mathieu Pannetier

Bethlehem, Pa., March 6, 2007—Curator Dr. Adrienne Sprouse will provide a fitting conclusion to the Peccadet exhibition in Payne Gallery at Moravian College on Sunday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. by presenting an in-depth look into the life, times, and works of Edouard Mathieu Pannetier (1919-1995). Sprouse will share her insights and admiration for the extraordinary works of the Surrealist painter, graphic artist, and her good friend, professionally known as “Peccadet.”

The collection in Payne Gallery is the first posthumous exhibition of Peccadet who belongs to the second generation of Surrealist who emerged during and after World War II.  Surrealism, launched in 1924, promoted the belief that authenticity came from channeling the most uninhibited aspects of oneself (dreams, sexual drives, unconscious impulses) into the visual arts and literature.

Peccadet was of royal Cambodian origin, a war hero, member of the French Resistance, Surrealist artist, and a friend of Picasso. His family moved to France from Cambodia when he was two years old, and like many other artists his vivid palette reflects the Mediterranean Sea, sky, markets, light, coastline and colors. His personal motto was “one eye, one palette, one heart” — for Peccadet each one belonged to southern France.

Peccadet became an American citizen in 1991, and formed a friendship with Adrienne Buffaloe Sprouse, a French speaking medical student who shared the same first name, profession, and language as Peccadet’s father, Adrien, a French-speaking physician. The evolution of friendships brings the exhibition to the Payne Gallery. “It was through Jan and Paul Larson (emeritus, professor of music, Moravian College.) that I was introduced to Dr. Sprouse and the  remarkable artist called Peccadet,” said Diane Radycki, director of Payne Gallery. “ From that friendship, comes this beautiful exhibition — for which Payne Gallery is ever indebted to its good and true friend, Pricilla Payne Hurd, for her very generous support.”

Among the notable works in the exhibit are Don Quixote and Rossimante, 1966, oil on canvas; Animals of the Apocalypse, 1955, oil on canvas;  Equinox II, 1977, oil on canvas; Fish of Doves, 1973, oil on canvas; The Daughters of the Sun, 1988, oil on Canvas; and Bacchus, 1976, oil on canvas.

Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in Historic Bethlehem.  The Gallery is closed during the College’s spring break and will open on Sunday, March 11th for this special program.. Admission and parking are free, and it is wheelchair accessible.  Please call the Art Department at 610-861-1680 for additional information.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.