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WORKING WITH ERNST FUCHS
AT CASTEL CARAMEL, NEAR MONACO
SUMMER OF 2000

      Once again, Fuchs made a last minute decision, and his three assistants suddenly found themselves in sunny Monaco, working on the paintings at his villa (which is actually located just outside the principality of Monaco, in the richly treed hills). Contrary to the villa in Vienna, a more bohemian atmosphere reigns here. Painting remains the focus (14 hours a day, 7 days a week...), but the place is often overrun with guests, who gather for dinner out on the terrace or down below in Monaco at Brasserie des Artistes.

Castel Caramel
Fuchs atop the ladder, working on his Paradiso picture.
Below, the three assistants at work on some of the many different paintings at the studio.
Laying in the casein underpainting.
Fuchs developed this large painting of a 'Zodiac Tree' by taking A3 sketches from his sketchbook
and laying them side by side until the whole became a pictorial arrangement some 3 metres high and 2 metres wide.
It's really quite amazing to see and work upon.
Details of the Zodiac figures laid in with white casein,
and awaiting a coloured glaze.
Fuchs working on the large Paradiso painting,
which is nearing completion after years of work.
In part, it manifests his theories of colour and light.
The master holding court at lunch,
with Andrew Gonzalez, Gerald Dareau, Joseph Askew, Ernst Fuchs, Joseph's wife Elizabeth, and my wife Florence

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