Thomas Kinkade Countersigned "Robert Girrard Limited Edition Canvas: Sunlit Garden "Item #: T-530
Artist: Thomas Kinkade as Robert Girrard
Title Sunlit Garden
Edition::Limited Edition S/N Canvas
Image size: Canvas Only: 12x9 (As Shown Price), 16x12 and 24x18
About the Art: On my first visit to the continent, I found myself fascinated by the works of the Impressionist painters, which appear in such abundance in the great Parisian museums. I began to see that the masters had secrets, and I determined to discover them for myself. I went so far as to give myself the very French brush name, Robert Girrard, and to style myself during my travels in France as a member of the Impressionist school.
Sunlit Garden was painted in the plein-air style preferred by the French masters, with a freedom of brushstroke and boldness of color that embraces the style of the French Impressionist masters. As I worked, I was observed by a weathered old peasant woman, dressed in black, who commented approvingly, "tres jolie, tres jolie" (very beautiful) I imagine Monet might have received similar tribute.
Robert Girrard, not surprisingly, shares some of the preferences of Thomas Kinkade. We are both fond of massive old stone and steel gates, intricate iron fences, and the equally intricate shadows they cast. We both love the flowers of spring - in this case, roses and dogwood festooning the grounds. And we both think that a fully enclosed courtyard is an irresistible intimate space. I can only hope that you will join me in my Sunlit Garden.
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.
(Plen Air Only)
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