Tearful De Niro thanks France for honouring dad

20th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

ROUBAIX, France, June 18 (AFP) - The sight of his father's paintings in an exhibition in this northern French industrial city brought tears to the eyes of actor Robert De Niro Saturday.

ROUBAIX, France, June 18 (AFP) - The sight of his father's paintings in an exhibition in this northern French industrial city brought tears to the eyes of actor Robert De Niro Saturday.   

"I am honoured that he's been treated so respectfully here," De Niro said after visiting the exhibition containing about 60 works, including still lifes, landscapes and portraits, by Robert De Niro Sr.   

The retrospective exhibition of paintings by De Niro, who died in1993, will last until the end of August at the museum of art and industry in Roubaix.  

"I just love his work, because of its sensuality, its colours," De Niro said. "He was very elegant about his choices, his tastes. He was very sophisticated in what he liked as an artist and what he didn't like."  

The actor said he had seen paintings by his father that he had not seen for years and some "that I don't remember ever having seen."  

The museum conservator said De Niro was an American artist much influenced by French masters such as Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Andre Derain.  

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