Jean-François Rauzier’s artistic roots—or racines, as the French say—run deep. His maternal great-grandfather, Jules-Alexis Meunier, was a French realist painter, but also one of the very first fine-art photographers, constantly crossing the line between painting and photography. Meunier was elected Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 1895, at the tender age of 26, and won the gold medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1900.
Rauzier sees his own career as a reflection of his great-grandfather’s. Like Meunier, Rauzier blurs the line between painting and photography. The little girl in the image holds a photo of Meunier. Look closely and you’ll discover other photographs in the pond close to the shore—historical photos of Rauzier’s own numerous relatives and forebears.
Rauzier says: “As in life and death, past and future, the tree is a symbol of an individual, a family, indeed, all of humanity. That is why we love trees so much. Childhood precedes and pursues us. When the horizon stretches out in a circle, yesterday resonates in tomorrow.”