A naval officer and painter, as well as a horseman and lover of nature and culture, Joseph-Marie Le Tournier concentrated on themes of marine, equestrian, landscape, and historical monuments. Inspired by the Belle Époque, he explored these themes in his works, which boasted rich and subtle tones, plays of light, and elegant forms.
Le Tournier’s thoughtful approach was translated by a vibrant light that illuminated the people, places and landscapes of his works. Diluted paint allowed underlying colors to appear in gradations from lightest to darkest. The overlying layers remain transparent, and instill the paintings with presence and character.