This space is devoted to the work of Louis Cattiaux (Valenciennes, 1904 - Paris, 1953), painter, poet, and hermetic philosopher. Contemporary with the French Vanguards in the convulsive years of the first half of 20th century, he attained to create a personal style in which is evident a visionary substrate underlying. Cattiaux, like all authentic artists, succeeds in crossing the realm of darkness and the unconscious, where most are stranded, in order to reach the place of the invisible and to show an interior heaven illuminated by some stars such as have never been heard to speak, they who only dispose of their exterior senses.
But Louis Cattiaux is not only interesting because of his painting, rather also, and above all, for his links with the Hermetic tradition, because at his artistic practice united a strong orientation towards Alchemy and the search for the Absolute. This search flowed into an encounter: The Message Rediscovered, a work composed of more than six thousand sentences or aphorisms that are much more than a study of the Hermetic tradition. Cattiaux himself wrote that "It is not enough to study, we must also understand what we study, and what good is understanding, if we do not experience in ourselves the truth of God." (18, 40)
The Message Rediscovered is a work of art, of poetry, of philosophy, of alchemy, of Hermeticism, of mysticism, of metaphysics, of religion, of love, of holiness, in which "the truth of God" lodges. "How can we define it? - Emmanuel d'Hooghvorst asked himself - Not everyone will read it in the same way. [.] Who are those readers who shall discern in this work a wisdom of unity as old as humanity itself, a wisdom of holiness, a wisdom of salvation?
Cattiaux also wrote an essay dedicated to painting: Physique et metaphisique de la peinture (Physics and metaphysics of painting). A text written with the intention of deepening, through the artistic language, in the profound mystery that hides itself, and is hidden, beyond art.