jeudi 28 janvier 2016

Maison et Objet January 2016

Maison et Objet January 2016 was over on Tuesday night...here are pictures of my last booth.
My sources of inspiration were, at usual ,definitely classical . I am and will certainly forever be fascinated by beautiful paintings.
The gorgious hand with the flowers is from a croatian painter of the late XIXth, Mr Bukhova , the grisaille from a photo I took of a plaster relief in a nice castle where I worked a couple of years ago, the romantic moonlit landscape from Wright of Derby, the melancholic portrait from Lord Leighton ( I love english painters very much) , the delicate hand and bubbles from a student of Rembrandt named Karel Dujardin and the lovely roses from a still life by Peter Faes ( flemish , late XVIIIth)...I hope you will enjoy those pictures.



















jeudi 26 mars 2015

Mural classes at Lynne Rutter Studio


Here is the colored sketch for the first class I will teach at Lynne Rutter Studio this summer.
I had done a pencil study on paper and this week I have painted a color study on canvas.
I have worked from three different pictures I took at Lake Como a couple of years ago ; the door was shot in Provence,
The point is to see a series of technical points relative to landscape painting ( sky, remote hills, village, water), and some other in the foreground ( vegetation, balustrade, bench). The door itself is a nice subject for studying moldings , lights, shadows and various reflections. Linear perspective is also part of this class, for the tracing of the foreground tiles in particular. I hope you will like this.








jeudi 29 janvier 2015

Maison et Objet 2015



Here are a few pictures of my latest booth at Maison et Objet.
My exhibitions space was smaller than usual ( you do not always get what you want on such huge shows) so, instead of showing a variety of medium sized paintings as I usually do I decided to cover my three walls ( height 3,5 m / 10,5 ft) with three large murals. 
I wanted to show potential customers how a space is positively altered by such large artworks ...and I think it worked pretty well.




Full view of the booth.




The canvas on the left ( 3x3,5m) is a "modern" composition whose main motif is a fragment of a painting by Pierre Auguste Cot ( 1837-1883).




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The central painting ( 4 x 3m) is a grisaille based on an acanthus leaves sketch that I blew up to a very large size and a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci that I slightly modified .



Picture taken in daylight.





Small painting of a detail of a beautiful cake whose composition echoes the curves of the  acanthus leaves.




The panel on the right was inspired by an XVIIIth century watercolor ( did not find the name of the painter). I also transformed it a little ( removed buildings, changed the sky ...).




Small painting of XVIIIth century shoes ; I thought there was a nice relationship between these shoes and the style and colors of the landscape.




This was also on Maison et Objet , on Moissonnier booth. This is a copy of a portrait of Betty de Rotschild by Ingres , ten times bigger than the original , probably technically the hardest piece I ever painted.

dimanche 21 décembre 2014

Toulouse Lautrec for Hôtel St Jacques.

Hotel St Jacques, located between Pantheon and Notre-Dame is one of my oldest clients.
I did the first mural for them in 1994, in the reception.
This year, 20 years after (!) , we removed that canvas and I painted another one...dedicated to Toulouse-Lautrec.

I created a view that mixes different paitnings and models of the painter as well as a portrait of him, seated as if he were drinking an "absinthe" at the bar...

Toulouse-Lautrec really was a fantastic painter and it was a great pleasure to try and walk in his footprints.






























Château de La Treyne


Here is marvelous Château de la Treyne , overlooking river Dordogne, one of the most beautiful hotels of Relais et Châteaux network.

We have totally redecorated one of their breakfast rooms and I have painted a few decorative panels on the theme of this castle's gardens.



View from river Dordogne




View from the gardens




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Fake "original" sketch of one of the urns of the garden




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Topiary sketches , from XVIIth century originals.













As they sometimes have air balloons taking off from the gardens, I imagined the same scene in the XVIIIth century.








If you go there, have lunch or diner in the restaurant, their chef is fabulous !