Gardens

 

Gardens display at once a thick exuberance, a somewhat tangle profusion
which can seem muddled and which is voluntarily not moderated
by  "rules" of pictorial composition.

"Les trois arbres"- 162x130cm-H89020


Paintbrushes come and go, draw lines, forms; colours lay down as grass,
shrubs and trees dance cheerfully,
their roots in the water, the branches in the wind and the head towards the light.
Gardens of Andalusia and Morocco prove the nature can be delirious,
so why civilize it on the canvas?

"Les forces de la terre"-73x116cm-H89049


C'est " L'arbre vert " où des coulures donnent
une impression de chaleur humide.

" L'arbre vert " (H.88.15-114 sur 195 cm)


C'est " Le chemin sous les herbes " où la végétation sort de son humus.

"Le chemin sous les herbes"-195x114cm-H8819

 

C'est " La Tempête " où un corps féminin
à peine indiqué au premier plan
ajoute à la sensualité de l'ensemble, ensemble éclairé par un grand ciel rouge assez théâtral.

" La Tempête " (H.89.03-114 sur 195 cm)

"Sortie du bain" - Huile sur toile - 1989-19 - 114x195 cm.

 


Ce sont aussi des toiles de dimensions plus modestes dans lesquelles les palmes s'entrecroisent.

 

"Palmes en hélice"-H90005
H89-050
73x116 cm
H89-061
65x81 cm
H89-062
54x65 cm
H89-063
50x65 cm
H89-064
50x65 cm
H90-006
50x65 cm
H90-007
38x 46cm
H90-008
33x41 cm
H90-017bis
89x116 cm
H90-002
55x33 cm
H90-011
50x65 cm
H90-014
33x55 cm
H93-01
33x55 cm
H90-018
33x55 cm
H90-015
55x33 cm
H90-017
55x33 cm
H90-020
55x33 cm
H90-021
55x33 cm
H90-022
55x33 cm
H90-023
55x33 cm
H90-026
65x100 cm
H90-029
89x116 cm
H90-031
89x116 cm
H90-035
100x65 cm
H90-033
65x100 cm
H90-110
92x65 cm

"Allée de palmiers"(H8942); "De l'eau au pied des palmiers"(H8948); "Végétal au ciel rouge"(H8943).
Chaque peinture mesure 116cm sur 73cm.

H90-036
65x54 cm
H90-037
65x50 cm
H90-013
H90-038
H90-039
H90-034
100x65 cm
H90-030
55x46 cm
H89-010
73x92 cm
H89-012
100x81 cm

In spring 1989, René Girot begins a "sober" picture : only one palm tree
is erected at the edge of a swimming pool, in front of an unoccupied sky.
But palm trees grow and occupy all the space.

"La palmeraie"- 195x114cm-H8921

 

Two years later, this painting ( " The palm grove" -76 3/4x44 7/8 in.-H8921)
is built from three terraced zones : the uppermost third where palm-trees
are oversized,
the median zone in front of us- as in front of an opened window -
and the lower one, seen in high angle shot.
The perspective is reversed; usually, the top of the picture is representing
the background.

This will be the origin of Articulated Gardens.

 

"Jardin du matin à queue de cristal"-162x130cm.-63x44 7/8in.H9112-Collection du musée de Toulon.


A booklet reproducing in colours twelve of these "Articulated Gardens "
was published in May, 1992
by the Regional Council of Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
(six simultaneous exhibitions from May 16 till June 12.)

catalogue édité en 1992 contenant 28 reproductions en quadrichromie

Sixteen paintings from 1978 to1989 are also reproduced in this brochure.