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Do Fournier: Summer Reveries    4. Jun - 30. Aug 2013

Le Hamac (The Hammock)
Do Fournier
Le Hamac (The Hammock)
 
Le Phare (The Lighthouse)
Do Fournier
Le Phare (The Lighthouse)
 
Les Mouettes (The Seagulls)
Do Fournier
Les Mouettes (The Seagulls)
 
Livre ouvert (The Open Book)
Do Fournier
Livre ouvert (The Open Book)
 
Ouverture sur la terrasse (Opening on the Terrace)
Do Fournier
Ouverture sur la terrasse (Opening on the Terrace)
 
Salon et terrasse (Lounge and Terrace)
Do Fournier
Salon et terrasse (Lounge and Terrace)
 
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Anderson Galleries is pleased to present the exhibition Summer Reveries by the celebrated French painter Do Fournier from June 4th to August 30th.

Fournier creates fantastic, colorful and intimate works drawn from the environs of her home. Her daughters, grandchildren, pets and fascinating collection of textiles and objects are her primary subjects and inspiration. The figures are often in repose or engaged in the simple pleasures of everyday life. In the tradition the Nabis artists Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard she transforms these domestic interiors into paintings that are truly extraordinary; an eccentric yet beguiling world of her own.

As the noted French critic Gerard Xuriguera has observed:

“Her approach in an uneasy society is not to describe it’s pain but the potential it still has for joy, it’s fragile moments of charm and peacefulness stolen from a routine existence. To do this she expresses reality in its most intimate, sensual, peaceful and carnal form. Not as imitation but as a vision filtered through her observations and cast in the exuberance of her blazing colours. What she is trying to capture is fleeting emotion, to immobilize it and express it as simply as possible. Here, as Pierre Bonnard puts it, “emotion springs up in its time. The shock is instantaneous, often unexpected.” Above all a painter of atmospheres, the art of Do Fournier occasionally takes on a baroque air laden with mixtures of color, graphical convolutions, objects negligently arranged, bodies in a state of abandonment that take us to the heart of a universe half way between dreams and the familiar. In filigree we find traces of the Nabis in the stylization of form and movement, surfaces of contrasting colours and the kitschy surroundings. We are not looking here at some melancholy representation but one that is refreshing and greedy for life.”

The complete exhibition can also be viewed online here.

About:
Anderson Galleries-Beverly Hills are dealers and agents 19th and 20th century paintings, drawings and sculpture. The gallery specializes in European academic, realist, impressionist, post-impressionist and select contemporary works. Member: Fine Art Dealers Association, The Art and Antique Dealers League of America, CINOA and the Appraisers Association of America.
Summer hours: M-F, 10-5 and by appointment.

Do Fournier was born in the ancient town of Guerande, Brittany, France. She began her career as a successful illustrator and turned to easel paintings of her own subjects in 1984. Fournier has exhibited in numerous prestigious international exhibitions and has been featured at the Salon d’Automne, Paris.

For additional information, visit the Anderson Galleries website.

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