Loire Valley, 2012 France - Gianne de Genevraye

Painting at the Vineyard Clos Cristal

The idea for this series of 16 paintings began with the desire to paint the four seasons, which represents the cycle of life.  I chose the grape vine growing, flowering, fruitification, pruning and renewal to represent the life cycles.  I painted these paintings at the historical vineyard Clos Cristal in the Loire Valley in France from winter 2011 to autumn 2012. They are all done outdoors in front of the subject, "in situ", and are in large format.  The paintings were exhibited at the Saumur Hospital and at the bio dynamic wine show at the Château de Brézé.
The Clos Cristal vineyard was inovative for its 19th century period.  Mr. Cristal developed a method of planting the vines against limestone walls within the vineyard in order to create a reverberation of heat that made the grapes mature quickly. So he was able to make his wine earlier than any of the other winemakers of his day, and it arrived on the tables of the european gentry before the wine of his competetors.  Upon his death, he donated the experimental vineyard to the Hospital of Saumur, thus the name of the wine is still today "Clos Cristal, Hospice de Saumur".
They are in the process of being named a historical monument in France and have created a Foundation. I donated one of these paintings to the Foundation that will be used as their label for a vintage magnum wine.
juillet 2012.JPG
Spring with Blue
51"x38"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
collection Clos Cristal Foundation
vine in winter with post 3.jpg
Vine in Winter with Post (Winter)
39"x32"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2011
Available as quadratique

diagonal spring.jpg
Diagonal Spring
39"x32"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Available as quadratique

3.	Grands Raisins et Feuilles   100x81.jpg

Large Grapes and leaves (Summer)
39"x32"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Available as quadratique
Automne Gold 100x81cm.jpg

Autumn Gold (Fall)
39"x32"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Available as quadratique
vine in winter 2.jpg
Sarments in Winter
29"x39"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2011
Available
vine in winter blue.jpg
Vine in Winter Blue 
45"x32"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2011
Collection artist     
10.	Fin d’été Raisins et feuilles dorés  97x146...
End of Summer Grapes and golden Leaves
37"x57"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Available
Raisins mûrs en été 116x89cm   .jpg
Ripe Grapes in Summer
45"x35"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
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11.	Automne vigne après la récolte .jpg
Autumn Vine after the Harvest
45"x29"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Available
9.	Printemps avec les roses  73x100cm        .jpg
Spring Vines with Roses
28"x39"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Collection Hospital Saumur
12.	Feuilles rouges en automne 81x116cm       .jpg
Red Leaves in Autumn
37"x45"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Available
8. Beaux Raisins Bleus  85x49cm             .JPG
Beautiful Blue Grapes
33"x20"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Available
14.	Eté “Matin du Roi”  97x146cm          .jpg
Summmer "Morning of the King" Grapes
38"x57"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Available
6. rows in springtime.JPG
Rows in Springtime
28"x39"
Oil, Casein, and egg yolk on canvas
2012
Available

PRESS FOR THE EXHIBITION

PRESS FOR THE EXHIBITION
Courrier de l'Ouest
Dec. 27, 2012