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







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

...fully customized...

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 !

Mountain grisailles

Here are a few more paintings I did quite recently for Au Soli, in Megeve.
I just love this "vintage" mountain feel and paintings those subjects truly is a pleasure.

We were in Megeve this afternoon and noticed that clothing fashion is quite in the same mood.
Old mountain boots are imitated and even the famous "fuseau" by Allard is available again.
It seems that these decades ( between 30s and 60s) really captured the essence of what being in the mountains means.

A mix inspired by two pictures of famous photographer Georges Tairraz

An inspiring view of a mountaineer contemplating Matterhorn on the italian side.

Inspired by an illustration of Armand Vallee

Also inspired by Armand Vallee

An old guide, of Chamonix probably .

Charming skier ...a mon was by her side but she looks better on her own...

mercredi 1 octobre 2014

Maison et Objet 2014

                            Here are a few pictures of my booth at Maison & Objet in January.

Views of my booth...

Detail of a painting by David.

Panel inspired by the Boudoir de Marie-Antoinette in Fontainebleau, on white gold.

Close up.

fragment of a still life panel by a dutch painter of the XVIIIth century.

Inspired by a portrait of Joshua Reynolds.

View of swiss mountains inspired by a german painter of the XIXth century.

mardi 1 octobre 2013

Fresques historiques d'Andelot IV / Andelot historical murals IV

Here is another one...I installed it by mid-July. This is one more astonishing example of the richness of the history of this small community.
Around 1432 , after Joan of Arc'c trial and execution , two "chevaliers" of Andelot where commissioned to take part to the Joan's rehabilitation trial.
In these times Andelot was in fact the official legal center of a vast territory which included Domrémy, Joan's home town ...where she grew up, as a shepherdess, and heard her "voices" ( God telling her to go help Charles IV become king and kick our british neighbours out of french kingdom !)
The two men rode to Domrémy and gathered information about Joan's life and personality  from different local witnesses.
Their report said that Joan was certainly not a witch and on the contrary a good christian. This of course  was not what Joan's opponents ( led by the bishop Cauchon) wanted to hear and the local authority, the Bailly of Chaumont ( larger city ruling over Andelot ), was not happy at all with the chevalier's report.

I have represented this confrontation , on one side the chevaliers and their men, on the other the Bailly and some priests or bishops and their guards.
In the background, Joan in the middle of a furious battle , in the foreground the chevaliers riding to Domrémy...
My source of inspiration for the composition was a marvelous painting by Albert Herter.

Friday morning , 9 am; I have stapled up the whole canvas on the plywood panels and am about to start applying the glue on the right half.

Around 11 am, I have had a hard time installing this one but I did it.

After installing another mural in some other part of the village I came back on the evening and took a picture without the scaffolding in front.

A proud soldier

An old dude and a curious soldier

The two chevaliers of Andelot

The chevaliers galloping towards Joan's place.

Joan of Arc, legendary.

Joan's home in Domrémy, I remember visiting this house when I was a kid. This is a special place in our history; this weird green stands for the "strangeness" of this whole story and the reds and oranges for the flames of Joan's pyre.

The confrontation.