Léopold RABUS

Les propriétés des choses, 2020, oil on canvas

Swiss artist Léopold Rabus’s privileged medium is oil painting. The artist reacts to his surroundings, the Neuchâtel region in his birth-country, depicting with a romantic, yet slight obscure realism, what happens around him. Sometimes adding surrealistic and perturbing elements and consciously far from ascribing his works in a conceptual framework, Rabus offers his viewers a portrait of the reality and the activities of rural life. His universe is populated by birds, snails, and farmyard animals, or by ordinary objects like carefully folded napkins. People also are present in his paintings, usually caught while busy with simple actions: children eating their meal, women mirroring themselves or sunbathing, and men keeling on the ground in very mysterious nocturnal circumstances.