Bachivillers, Ile de France, 2011 - Gianne de Genevraye

Painting in the Garden of Mary Cassatt

During the spring of 2011, I was invited to paint in the garden of a château where the most famous American woman impressionist painter May Cassatt lived and worked for 3 years.  The Château Tillerai in Bachivillers is about one hour south of Paris.  Cassatt lived in this home from about 1891 to 1894, before she bought the nearby Château de Beaufresne, where she lived until she died.
The château Tillerai, where I painted, is now privately owned and is not open to the public.  The present owners allowed me to paint in their garden for 5 months, and accepted a show in their home of the 16 paintings that were completed, all large format, oil on canvas work, painted in situ, in front of the subject, in "plein air".  Most of these paintings were sold during the brief exhibition that was sponsored by the Friends of Mary Cassatt Association and the mayor of Bachivillers.
Although her garden there on the grounds has minimal care today, I could still feel her touch and influence in the park.  During her stay at Bachivillers, she worked on and probably completed 3 large paintings, now lost, intitled "The Modern Woman". All three paintings are set in this garden where I painted. These were exhibited in the Woman's building of the Universal Exhibition of Chicago in 1893.



 http://www.mary-stevenson-cassatt.com/blog/articles-cat-8761-682478-fresque_de_bachivillers.html
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Lavander
36"x28"
oil on canvas
2011
sold

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Purple Wisteria
45"x35"
oil on canvas
2011
Private collection

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Pink Tree with Cedar  
44"x45"
oil on canvas
2011
sold

 

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White Peonies
57"x35"
oil on canvas
2011
sold

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Carrot Flowers
44"x63"
oil on canvas
2011
sold

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Apple Espailler Brick Wall
63"x44"
oil on canvas
2011
Available

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First Pear Flowers
28"x28"
oil on canvas
2011
artist's collection

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Garlic Flowers
36"x28"
oil on canvas
2010
sold
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Pompom Roses with window
39"x28"
oil on canvas
2011
private collection
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Iris
32x45"
oil on canvas
2011
Available
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Yellow Roses against the shed wall
39"x32"
oil on canvas
2011
Available
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Wild roses and cherries
28"x38"
oil on canvas
2011
sold
Roses autour d'un puit 10-05-11 100x81.jpg
Roses around a well
39"x32"
oil on canvas
2011
sold
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White Wisteria Under the Rain
28"x39"
oil on canvas
2011
sold
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Bouquet with agapanthus for Patrick
39"x32"
oil on canvas
2010
artist's collection
White Wisteria with Gate, 11'x162cms.jpg
White Wisteria with Gate
44"x63"
oil on canvas
2011
sold
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Pear Espailler
29"x57"
oil on canvas
2011
sold

PRESS FOR THE EXHIBITION

PRESS FOR THE EXHIBITION
Figaro Weekly Magazine
Sept 24, 2011
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Daily newspaper
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