Nu equin 112t

$914
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One of a kind work
53 x 38 cm
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Canvas
Dimensions
53 x 38 cm
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Painting made for the challenge of the month with the PaardVerzameld collective.

"Far from subjects I can usually talk about, he did talk to me. I wanted my mare to have a foal and this event marked me as I was present at the birth. It's a mixture of very beautiful and very terrifying sensations. I was excited and very stressed. Afraid it'll go wrong, afraid the foal won't survive, afraid there's some kind of problem. And at the same time, fascinated by the life to come, the pain of my mare who was turning in her stall, blowing, lying down, getting up... the silence that reigned, I think we all whispered so as not to disturb the moment. And then a piece of nose appeared, then some forelegs and finally this already huge but so frail body. A filly! This painting finally got all these emotions at once with the idea of protection no matter what. The foal sticking to his mother, no matter what. He allows himself to look the other way while the mother is all about his concentration." - Bénédicte Gele

Technique: charcoal, black chalk, pastels and gesso on canvas (with a stretcher but without a frame), fixed with varnish, ready to hang or ready to be framed, as desired.

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Benedicte Gele

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LE CHATEAU D'OLERON (17), FRANCE

144 works

Horses have always played a part in Bénédicte Gelé’s life. Born in 1975 and brought up in the Parisian suburbs, she had no prior history with horses. The animal remained a two-dimensional object in magazines or sometimes a figure in the background of a distant meadow when on holiday. However, an overwhelming fascination, an almost unexplainable attraction and a particular bewitchment encouraged her to strive and spend more and more time with these animals.

After obtaining a baccalaureate in Applied Arts and a further certificate in Visual Communication, she became a graphic designer and then artistic director. She then found a lively, clever little mare and started drawing horses with a quiet obsession. In 2004, her professional and equestrian lives seemed to merge with horses, of course, as the cornerstone.

The artist is just as drawn to the animal and to the act of drawing itself. The living form, with its curves and movement, reminds her of the nude studies during her school days. The body in its simplest form, as crude as the pencil stroke, the artist’s basic technique, grey or black, pure and powerful.

She does not paint for the myth or legend of the animal, or for its strength, even though she respects it all. Above all, she paints the physical, the sensual, a wave of primal emotion that the body provokes. She could have chosen a man or a woman, but horses have a cruder, more animalistic quality to their posture than humans do. Horses have a powerful, captivating presence, with their natural solidity.

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