ABOUT THIS PAINTING
This landscape painting was painted on location in the heart of the Umbrian region in Italy. In the foreground, the architecture of traditional stone Umbrian homes detaches itself from the verdant landscape extending in the background. Flower boxes and arid plants extend at the bottom of the stairs. In the distance, the Umbrian mountains offer a charming vista to the attentive observer. The rich texture and heavy brushstrokes convey the labour of working in the heat and blinding summer sun of Italy.
Painted in allaprima Plein Air technique, the artist focused on tonal values and general shapes. Carole applied quick strokes onto wet surfaces to capture the brevity of the moment and spontaneity of the impression of the landscape onto the viewer.
The intimate size of the canvas, stretched onto a panel convey a sense of nostalgic souvenir or a precious memory that the artist sought to materialize.
TITLE: Umbrian Landscape
ARTIST: Carole Nataf (myself)
SIZE: 28 x 20 cm
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TYPE: Original Oil Painting by Carole Nataf
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Carole Nataf is an experienced London-based artist who was born in France. She has been exhibited in galleries in the U.S., Paris and London (Mall Galleries, London; Kingston Gallery, Boston; etc.) and her work is represented in dozens of private collections and publications. She holds degrees in Philosophy from La Sorbonne (B.A.) and History of Art (M.A.) from the Courtauld Institute where she is currently undertaking a PhD in HIstory of Art.
While studying art privately in Paris, NYC, San Francisco and Boston, she was naturally drawn to painting outdoors and from life, immersed in the heart of her subjects. Influenced by the French impressionists and inspired by contemporary culture, the world she depicts is soft and colorful.
Carole’s more recent work explores contemporary visual culture and the effects of social media, iphone photography and digital culture on representation. Adopting high exposure, saturated colors and distorted angles, her recent portraits express the ambiguity of self-presentation in the digital age.