ABOUT THIS PAINTING
This original Oil Painting on Canvas is a Still Life from a series I painted called "Opening the book" in which I select a Book I paint within the still life and combine objects I associate with the book. In this painting, I chose to paint Gustave Flaubert's unfinished novel "Bouvard and Pecuchet" (Les Paradis Artificiels). The satirical novel describes the adventures of these two Parisian copy-clerks, obsessed by the accumulation of knowledge, leading them over the course of years, to dive into every field of knowledge, from agriculture, medicine, anatomy and politics to arts, religion and even love. In this painting, I rendered objects they may have collected during their adventures: a straw hat while cultivating the fields, the numerous books they read, an old golden compass lying on top of the books recalls their taste for geography, a religious icon on the background. I placed the objects above a black trunk, symbolizing the container of the many objects they gather throughout the years.
TITLE: Bouvard and Pecuchet
ARTIST: Carole Nataf (myself)
SHIPPING: Ships worldwide painting on its canvas
SHIPPING TIME: 3-5 business days.
INSURANCE: Insured shipping
TYPE: Original Oil Painting by Carole Nataf
COLORS: Yellow Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red Light, Ultramarine blue, Titanium white, Viridian Green, Quinacridone rose.
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Carole Nataf was born in Paris in 1989. She grew up in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Paris, influenced by the intellectual and academic scene of the area. From her mother, she inherited an early predilection for Arts and the inspirational charisma of family artists. In college, she studied Literature and Philosophy before attending graduate studies in business. After studying art privately in Paris, NYC, San Francisco and Boston, she grew a passion for Plein Air painting and Allaprima painting techniques. She developed a special interest in texture contrast where soft meets harsh and delicate meets blunt. Influenced by artists such as Edward Hopper and Edouard Manet, she is admirative of their unmatched ability to simplify shapes, and juxtapose contrasting values without blending. Currently she lives and works in Boston and Cambridge, MA. She won the First prize at Revere Beach Art Festival in 2016…