by Borderstan.com May 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm 1,269 0

Borderstan, Embassy of Peru, Stephane Lefebvre, Keri Douglas

Stephane Lefebvre’s paintings of Peru on display at the Embassy of Peru until Tuesday, May 17. The embassy is at the southwest corner of 17th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. (Photo by Keri Douglas)

By Keri Douglas, writer, photographer and communications consultant in Washington, D.C.

Stephane Lefebvre, a painter from Brussels, is like a magician who brings ancient cultures forward to the present with the ease only an illusionist can accomplish leaving the viewer reaching forward to touch the canvas — wondering out loud, “C’est vrai?” He responds, “Oui.”

In the style of idealism and costumbrism, Lefebvre reveals hidden stories, people, and cultures and customs in life that make us human. Authentic colors and textures found in ancient relics resting in lofty museums capture Lefebvre’s imagination spurring a visit to a lost village long ago rubbed off the map.

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