oracle mute owl eric bourdon


     Final version of the 15 days long painting improvisation, now that the eyes of the “owl” of Saturn have been painted, as well as three hairs on the head of the red squirrel of Mars (sorry for the mixture of genres). Not to mention a small signature and the good title.

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evolving canvas eric bourdon


     Evolving canvas : 14th day of almost daily improvisation. A few extra layers of paint, more sparkle in the sky, some relief on the bird’s head…

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the kiss auguste rodin eric bourdon


The Kiss

Marble sculpture
Auguste Rodin / Carved par Jean Turcan
H. 181,5 cm ; W. 112,5 cm ; D. 117 cm


     The Kiss is a sculpture of an entwined couple, of which Auguste Rodin created as early as 1882 small versions in plaster, terracotta and bronze.

     In 1888, the French government commissioned Rodin to realize the first large marble version of The Kiss, for the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition. But Rodin will take almost ten years to deliver it.

     This marble version appears for the first time at the Paris Salon (former name of the Salon of French Artists) in 1898. It is currently on display at the Musée Rodin in Paris.

     What many people don’t know is that Rodin’s The Kiss, like a lot of the Rodin Museum’s works, was not sculpted by Rodin…

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more paint eric bourdon


     Thirteenth day of live improvisation (WIP – Work In Progress) of a new acrylic painting. We just add more paint in the sky, more paint on the characters…

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raoul dufy cafe scene 440 eric bourdon

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Café scene

Watercolor and gouache on paper by Raoul Dufy
Executed around 1934 – Artwork size : 50,8 x 66,8 cm
Sold £50,000 at Sotheby’s London on Feb 6, 2014


     In 1926, while watching a little girl running on the dock of Honfleur, Raoul Dufy realizes that the mind records color faster than the outline. He will then dissociate the colors and the drawing. Dufy adds his drawing to large bands of horizontal or vertical colors, or to large colored spots.

     Watercolor and gouache become more and more important after 1930. The “puddles of color” of the background are spread on a paper previously wet and stretched on a drawing board. When they are dry, he draws with a fine brush the various elements of the subject.

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multicolored thunderstorm sky 440 eric bourdon


     For the twelfth episode of the improvised painting, a beautiful multicolored thunderstorm sky that will serve as a decor for our three curious characters in their magical forest …

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new trendy haircut 440 eric bourdon


     Day 11 and the live improvised painting continues to evolve, with a new haircut (or feather-cut) very trendy at the moment among Saturnian owls.

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art capital grand palais paris eric bourdon


     Another 3 days to enjoy the ART CAPITAL exhibition in Paris !

    ART CAPITAL brings the four historic Parisian salons together under the glass roof of the Grand Palais :

Salon Comparaisons
Salon des Artistes français (Salon of French Artists)
Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’eau
(Drawing and Watercolour Salon)
Salon des Artistes Indépendants (Salon of Independent Artists)

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little red being eric bourdon


     Tenth day of the creation, step by step, of an acrylic painting. And the hat has turned into a little red being…

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gustave courbet the desperate man self-portrait 440 eric bourdon

(Zoom on the self-portrait by Courbet)


The Desperate Man

Oil painting on canvas by Gustave Courbet
Artwork size : 45 x 54 cm, 1843-1845
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     The Desperate Man is a painting by the French painter Gustave Courbet. The artwork is a self-portrait of the artist. It is thought that he made this painting between 1843 and 1845, at the beginning of his installation in Paris. It shows him “desperate” but especially in full youth.

     Courbet was very attached to this canvas since he took it with him into exile in Switzerland in 1873. A few years later, Dr. Paul Collin at the bedside of Courbet during his last days, describes the painter’s studio and, more particularly, “a painting representing Courbet with a desperate expression and that he had entitled Despair for this reason”.

     The painting belongs to a private investment collection, but was exhibited at the Musée d’Orsay in 2007.

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