One must be a poet or an American to understand the seductive power of the French landscape. My first encounter with Paris in 1976 drew me in like an engagement that I was unable to consume. I remain to this day eternally committed to the exploration of these Nuances: a house in Normandy in other times, a violet sunset on the Seine, my gaze upon a person forever distant. That distant person, it is me, returning to the USA, and working on these nuances which continually escape me.
For we seek the nuance
Not color, just the nuance
Oh! The nuance alone
Joins dream with dream and flute with horn
-Paul Verlaine, Art Poétique
The final version was executed in the U.S. combining my freehand sketches made on site with my memory of their essence. These works are dry pastel on paper and oil pastel on canvas.
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