Celebrating French Art

Given the current state of Paris, I would like to devote my usual weekly inspirational art post to French artists, both classic and current.

Impressionism has always been one of my absolute favorite forms of art.  It impresses me to no end that a person can create such an abstract piece up close that requires distance to be fully understood and appreciated.

Claude Monet
Claude Monet.  Image Credit.
Monet
Monet’s water lilies are an all time favorite work.  I love the fine details he captures. Image Credit.

Monet

One last Monet, even though I could look at Monet’s work all day.

Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh also lives on as one of the greatest impressionism artists.  Photo Credit.
Van Gogh
Van Gogh once said, “I dream my paintings and then I paint my dreams.”
Invisible body art
This sculpture of two men who appear to be missing parts of their bodies rests at the waterfront in Marseille.  Created by Bruno Catalano represent a “world citizen.”  My interpretation of this is that once we let go of one place as our home and we relate home to the world, it’s like giving a small portion of yourself up.  You no longer only belong to a tight knit community, there are pieces of yourself that belong to the world and that don’t belong to your “home.”  Image Credit.
Rene Gruau
Fashion illustrator Rene Gruau launched “the new look” for Dior in the 1947.  His illustrations remain part of the iconic Dior look.  Image Credit.
Françoise Nielly
Françoise Nielly, a French artist, creates vibrant works like this with oil and knife.  The way she captures expressions is almost provocative.  For more works by Nielly, visit her websitePhoto Credit.

France currently resides in a state of emergency.  Since studying French for four years, I’ve had a special place in my heart for France.  My deepest condolences go out to all those affected by terrorist attacks all over the world.

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Kate Thakkar

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