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Precious time

$831
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One of a kind work
50 x 50 cm
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50 x 50 cm
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"At the origin of this painting, there is a forty year old photo where I am in my grandmother's arms with my little brother. I liked the pose of the little girl hugging her grandmother and the kindness that emanated from her. I wanted to reproduce this image of serenity, security and love.

I chose a square format that allows me to center the subject more by a tighter framing. Moreover, the square is a symbol of balance and harmony, often used pictorially to signify peace and tranquility. By its regularity, it is soothing which corresponded to my initial project. For some time now, I have been incorporating new colours into my palette to renew it: caeruleum blue and quadrinone pink among others, which allow me to create shades that are franker, bolder and more vivid.

My grandmother wearing sunglasses in the reference photo, you couldn't see her eyes. So I swapped her face for my mother's at about the same age. The little girl's face and especially the baby's face gave me a hard time because of their very specific proportions. The background on the photo was unusable: you could barely make out the vegetation in the distance on a brick wall. At first I thought of making bushes or trees to simulate a garden. Then I thought of Georges Desvallières' decorative panels where flowers, fruits and flowering trees mingle with the characters like an ornament. I wanted to try the experiment because I liked the idea. The floral motif also evokes Gauguin."

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Barbara Petit

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Paris 17ème (75), France

187 works

Barbara Petit presents figurative painting arising most frequently from a motif. She favours portraits and life models. In them, she sees a sort of quest for origins, for our human identity.

Learning and passing on painting

Barbara Petit was born in 1977 in Pas-de-Calais. She first took an interest in drawing and composition at a very young age. A few years later, she was introduced to painting by various professional painters. After receiving a number of awards at various events in and around the French capital, she today continues her journey as a painter and teaches painting in Paris. She also regularly provides advice in the practical pages of the magazine Pratique des Arts.

Alongside painting, her work as a journalist has enabled her to learn more about the history of art, notably in her collaboration for the André Derain sketchbooks.

Painting to reveal the beauty of the world

Barbara Petit works most often in a studio when the subject is nature or outside if working on a motif. She sees painting as a way of reproducing the beauty of the world around her, the love she has for it and the love it has for her, with her imagination, emotions and feelings.

Beauty is hidden everywhere, even in the simplest things, like a landscape or a composition… The subject is but a pretext for self-expression. What matters is the painting.

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