Roubtzoff was evidently an orientalist, but in the best possible
way: that in which his profound respect and humility merged in
order to give birth to deeply human works.
“Save the Orient’s old traditions from oblivion, those that are really beautiful.” Thus he wrote about his earnest yearning in one of the pages of his journal, an ambition that perspires throughout his plentiful production. Avoiding the traps of the superfluous or the mindless following of the fashion of the time, Roubtzoff works reflect the experience of a man moved by the sheer reality he faced at any given moment. His need for merely witnessing the present never superseded the emotions he felt, and that was his strength as a painter.
the artist benefits from the renewed interest in orientalism that has been
contributing for several years now to put on the foreground many great artists
who remained in the shadows of others for too long.
"Is there in Tunis an artist more dedicated, more
prolific, more constantly bewitched by the desire to paint, than Alexandre
Alexandre Fichet, 1937
isn't there something else we may admire, other than the orientalist part
of his work, him who was known as the painter of light and chromatic effects,
so acclaimed by critics ?
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