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4. First Friend in Aix

Jill’s first friend in Aix – Summer of 1980

The first person Jill met when she set foot in Aix-en-Provence was Denise Lemoine. As administrative head of the Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing, Denise welcomed Jill into the summer program in the summer of 1980. She gave Jill the keys to her apartment, explained the lay of the land and was a friend from the start. Denise taught French to Jill and the other art students, and shared her cultural savoir-faire as she had been living in France for several years at the time. In those days, Jill and Denise were often mistaken as sisters, and it still happens to this day (evidence below!) Even if they are not biologically related, they certainly are âmes soeurs, or what you might call kindred spirits.

Today, Denise is heading up an ambitious initiative to create a catalogue raisonné referencing the work of German-French painter and lithographer Leo Marchutz (the founder of the Marchutz School of Fine Arts).

Support the project in it’s Photo Archive Campaign – each donation brings us one step closer to securing the legacy and preserving the artwork of Leo Marchutz for future generations.

Interested in learning more about Leo Marchutz and the Catologue Raisonné project?

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Click here to read segment five of Jill’s “40 Years in France Series”.


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