« He is above of all the child of Champagne, its loving and moved child. His
steps invariably led him in the valley of the Vesle, among
willows, poplars or birch trees, reflecting themselves in silver waters, in
the valley of the Genelle (upstream Châlons-sur-Marnes), which more or less offer
the same scenery, or in the Soissonnais, where he often and readily lives.
The Soissonnais, more hilly, more
cultivated, more cheerful impose to him warm colours, summer landscapes;
Marnes' valleys, arid and dry, full
of shades during autumn or winter, become peculiar when their slight misty
veils overlap each others without dimming colours but refreshing them,
inspired him mostly during autumn.
Paul Bocquet is
passionate with light and with colours and is at the same time a lonely
and melancholic man. »
Charles Gaudier, "Exposition Paul Bocquet", in
Le Progrès de l'Est, October 1911.
Re printed in "Autour de l'Impressionnisme : les
peintres de la vallée de la Marne" of Noël Coret. Casterman Editions, 1996.
La Renaissance du Livre Edition, 2000, Tournai.