Chantal Guillermet – Artist style #1
My chosen artist is Marc Chagall and my first theme : Portrait
The hardest part of choosing an artist was not only to find someone I like but also someone who inspires me, without copying him…
Chagall has fascinated me for a long time, not only because of his Russian origins, but also because he painted a world of dreams, poetry and colour.
Caught between tradition and modernity, torn between Russia and France, he finally chose exile and settled in Paris.
This first quilt “Portrait” represents him reflecting on the choices he had to face.
The background fabric is a piece of embroidered tablecloth whose art deco style recalls the 1910-1920s. Although Chagall’s work is colourful, black is very important and highlights the forms. This is why I used black under the lace, but also to create the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris and to print the leaves.
For the leaves I used acrylic paint and a foam stamp I made.
The centre of the leaves is worked with thread painting.
I worked the portrait in free-motion quilting from a photo of him published in the catalogue of the retrospective at the Centre Beaubourg in 1995 (?)