"La Belle Vie, Collioure" (2016)
Acrylic painting by Holly Wojahn

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  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 16 × 20 × 1 in (unframed) / 16 × 20 in (actual image size)
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Holly Wojahn

United States

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A few years ago, I was living in Collioure, France; the tiny Mediterranean town where the Fauvist a movement was born. I painted variations on this scene several times, and each time the Galerie selling my work in Collioure, sold the painting immediately!!! The origins of this scene were steeped in several things. Back in the States, my Brother whose Home had been my Family's Gathering Place for many years, sold his home and moved... This caused me to spend time contemplating what it was that makes a House, a Home.... The chair in this painting is a replica of the Chairs I had around my Table in Collioure, but also nods to Van Gogh's "Room at Arles", depicting his sparsely furnished room in his beloved Arles, which also included a chair very similar to this... As well, I recalled a painting I had gifted my Brother years earlier, that was based on my favorite painting by Raoul Dufy, of a circular Table with a Vase of Flowers, and a singing of a huge vase of Flowers on the wall... I learned only after moving to Collioure, that Raoul Dufy had also lived in Coullioure, and captured the local Vine Covered Hillsides in some of his canvases. Lastly, the view out this window is NOT the Mediterranean View I had... While mine was spectacular, this view is borrowed from a wonderful piece by Matisse, one of the Fauvists. He painted a scene of some boats on the sea just out his own window, while living there... That exact spot where he painted that scene, ended up being my favorite Cafe in Collioure! I often sat near the window on the upstairs "Etage", and mused about what sights and sounds were different woven 100 years before that, when Matisse painted the view.... So this piece is loaded with emotional attachments, and meaningful symbols of what really defines... "home".... This canvas is painted around the edges, so it can be hung unframed.

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