I wanted to share the story of one of my paintings on display at the Al Fresco exhibition, that is very dear to my heart - Reflection – Paris Le Petit Palais.
The painting is an homage to Le Petit Palais, one of my favorite museums in Paris. It was originally built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition and became a museum in 1902. The ornate decorations of the Petit Palais are typical of the 19th century Belle Époque (beautiful era) when Paris seemed to be the artistic center of the universe.
One of my favorite things to do when I visit Le Petit Palais is to spend some time taking in the peristyle-bordered interior gardens that are filled with lush, almost dreamlike flowers, foliage and water-filled basins.
I created my painting to honor my love of Le Petit Palais and the beautiful City of Light it lives in as well.
Reflection - Le Petit Palais is a collage work made using hand cut image transfers of photos I took in the interior gardens, combined with hand-painted and fine papers and then finished in a final layer of iridescent acrylic paints.
Here is a photo showing the beginning stages of the work and the photos I mentioned above, that I used for the image transfers.
In the piece you can see the details of this 1908 Sèvres porcelain planter decorated with garlands of hydrangeas and a close ups of the basins in the interior courtyard gardens of the museum (see photos above).
Here is a photo of the final painting:
And here it is at Avanti, hanging next to my painting, Meadow in Blue and Green, in the main dining area.