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Thomas Kinkade Countersigned "Robert Girrard Limited Edition Canvas: The Beach at Nice"Item #: T-308
Artist: Thomas Kinkade as Robert Girrard
Title A Summer's Morning
Edition::Limited Edition S/N Canvas to 950
Image size: Canvas Only: 12x18 (As Shown Price), 18x27 and 24x36
About the Art: If you have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief – “graced” by an unforgettable performance by the lovely Grace Kelly – then you
have seen The Beach at Nice. The backdrop of stately old hotels, the sweep of pebbled beach, the festive beach cabanas, the dancing sailboats, and above all the unmistakable velvet waters of the Cote d’Azur, combine to make this a perfect subject for my Robert Girrard Impressionist style. When I set up my easel to attempt to capture the grandeur and excitement of The Beach at Nice, my challenge was to convey the animation of the water – which seems like liquid crystal, alive with light and motion – and of the bathers on the shore. I used bold strokes to convey the vibrant colors of the flags and beach cabanas. The pristine white sailboats dance on the waves, making the perfect accent to suggest the vibrant movement of the water. The wispy clouds, resembling sailboats in the sky, heighten the sense of a blustery afternoon. The Beach at Nice is crowded with bathers; the almost pointillist application of colors works to
dramatize the action. Anyone who enjoys sea breeze, sand, and water will surely relish their time at The Beach at Nice.
About the Girrard Editions: The Robert Girrard era, beginning in 1984 and extending over approximately six years, represents more than 60 paintings and served as a major foundational and transitional period. It is the period in which Kinkade was free to experiment with new and unique color combinations which resulted in a distinct broadening of his palette, the use of more exuberant brush strokes and impasto, and the refinement of the broken color techniques of the French impressionists.By using the Girrard brush name, Thomas Kinkade achieved absolute artistic freedom. As well, he did not need to be concerned with the effect a Girrard canvas might have on Kinkade collectors. "At that time, influenced by common wisdom among artists, I felt I couldn't take a creative shift using my own name. It would confuse, and possibly alienate, collectors of my studio work," Kinkade says. This freedom led to a joyful experimentation that resulted in numerous breakthroughs and advances in Kinkade's artistic techniques and talents. Accomplished in the creation of mood and atmosphere in landscape, the broadened palette Kinkade acquired during the Girrard years allowed new dimensions to be employed in how he handled subtle beauties and qualities in a broad variety of contexts.
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