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Collette Bouvard was the granddaughter of Eloi Noel Beraud, more commonly known by the name Auguste Bouvard, who found fame with his glowing impressionistic paintings of Venice. Born in Écoen in the northern suburbs of Paris, from a very young age it was clear that Colette had inherited her grandfather and fathers’ artistic talents. After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, she began to paint in the studio shared by both of her forefathers and quickly picked up their impressionistic techniques and delicate handling of colour.

 

Colette is known for her paintings of Venice. Like her grandfather Auguste Bouvard and her father Antoine Bouvard, she visited the city often and painted the shady canals and quiet waterways of this unique city of water and light. Colette shied away from depictions of the busy waterways and rarely depicted the cities monuments such as Santa Maria della Salute and the Doges Palace, unlike the Bouvard’s before her.

 

Colette followed the techniques of her grandfather and father but painted with much looser brushstrokes and freer handling. The reflections on the surface of the water are broken up with larger brushstrokes creating a greater sense of movement and the clouds in glowing translucent skies above are less defined.

 

Colette’s work is signed “Bouvard” like her father and grandfather, but the difference in style sets her apart from her forefathers.

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