Charlotte De Maupeou
Charlotte de Maupeou was born in 1973. She studied at the Royal College of Art in London and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris from which she graduated. She was also a member of the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid. Her works have been exhibited in New York, Madrid, London, Paris, Ahlen (Kunstmuseum), Nantes, Saumur (Center d’Art Contemporain Bouvet-Ladubay, as well as in Tours (Galerie Olivier Rousseau). A strong gesture, a determination to enter into painting characterize all of her work. The touches are quick and spontaneous, with broad strokes the canvas is nourished by broad brushstrokes. Behind this deployed energy, there is also a coherence, a control which makes all the strength of jer painting. Charlotte de Maupeou often visits the classics of painting, giving her version of works by Manet, Courbet, Vermeer, Hals or Vélasquez. She sticks, nails, tinkers, and dares to use fluorescent colors. The material, the texture, the fluidity of her painting give a contemporary aspect to her reinterpretations. She plays with representations. Her paintings hold the power of transgression, sometimes freeing her immense canvases from their frame, to paint them on the floor. At the heart of Charlotte de Maupeou’s works, there is the cycle of nature. As a painter concerned with life and how it manifests itself, she paints landscapes, fishermen’s huts, large flowers with an enveloping poetic force or even her hunting dog on the green banks of the river. She invites us to an intense artistic and sensory experience. Her works exude a scent of great freedom.