The Tour de France 2002
"The Champion" (Joseph Kutter - 1894-1941)
Joseph Kutter was, without doubt, one of the great painters of Luxembourg. Often, his subjects are placed in the foreground of his paintings in the style of photographers of the era. His portraits were painted with strong brushstrokes and the large noses, which Kutter gave his human figures, always attract the attention of visitors.
The painting "The Champion", kept in the National Museum of Art and History in Luxembourg, was painted in 1932, and it was the great Luxembourg racing cyclist Nicolas Frantz (1899-1985) who inspired Kutter for this work.
Nicolas Frantz was a two-time winner of the Tour de France (1927 and 1928) and he took 2nd place in 1924 and 1926, winning a total of 20 stages of the Grande Boucle and several other classic cycling races. Nicolas Frantz is the only racer to have worn the yellow jersey from start to finish of a Tour de France.