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Sunday, March 5, 2023




Couple of years ago it was the pandemic that gave a sales boost to Netflix, pet stores and bookstores. This year puzzle makers are doing well because of the lousy winter we’re having 2022-23. Everyone is staying indoors. 

 The above jigsaw aficionado, who dwells in a Craftsman Bungalow, chose “Le Moulin Rouge,” a 1000-piece puzzle featuring the work of artist Michel Delacroix. Available via Buffalo Games. 

 The stackable puzzle trays (button down corners) with felt on one side and leather on the other are ByAllison, $3 via Amazon. Red sortable plastic tray is from a set of six by Italian maker Clementoni, about $12 and available where puzzle supplies are sold. The white tray is from French made set, also in plastic, by Karmin International. 

 Michel Delacroix was born in 1933 on the Left Bank of Paris. He started painting at the age of seven just as the German occupation of France began. He was educated at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and spent years experimenting with different painting styles until, at the age of 35, he began producing works in the Naif tradition, his characteristic style. 

 Delacroix has been honored with numerous awards including the Grand Prix des Amateurs d’Art, Paris (1973); the Grand Prix de la Cote d’Azur, Cannes (1976) and the Premier Prix de Sept Collines, Rome (1976). In 1994, he was selected to be an official artist of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and commissioned to paint three works. He was also named artist of the Special Olympics World Games in 1995. In 2002, he was selected as the official artist for the Christmas Pageant of Peace in Washington DC. 

 Now, 90 years old, Michel has moved to the quiet countryside of Normandy to enjoy the tranquility the region provides but Paris is always in his heart.

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