Mon atelier dans le jardin de Ninfa, une expérience exceptionelle, avec l'histoire de 1000 ans et un jardin créer dans les ruines d'une village medieval... j'essaie d'infuser le sentiment que j'ai quand je me promens tous les jours parmi les phantoms des vies qui ont passées ici... aussi le transformation subtil de l'automne avec ces coleurs qui changent tous les jours, et qui donnent des compositions differents dans une palette toute à fait particulaire.
voici l'article sur le Newsletter de Friends of Ninfa,
AN ARTIST AT NINFA From Esme Howard
In a happy reminder of the old days of Caetani cultural hospitality, Californian artist Gianne de Genevraye, who specialises in gardens, spent two months painting at Ninfa in autumn 2016, immersing herself in the garden’s seasonal and visual challenges and braving the elements. She has an impressive track record of gar-den painting, with exhibitions and residencies in the United States and across Europe. Among her residen-cies in Italy have been the American Academy in Rome, Villa Hanbury (La Mortola), and La Mortella in Ischia. In her first note to me from Ninfa, soon after beginning work, she wrote:
But the garden, the garden. Never have I seen a more exceptional place. I was trying to understand why the work is coming slowly and only with contemplation... The deep spirituality of the place is permeating… I spend about 5 hours a day there, some painting, and a lot of walking to fill my own soul with the spirit of the place. Also an undeniable melancholia, with the shadows of all of the lives that lived there. But especially the ghosts of the great artists that Ada welcomed and who created works of art there. I only hope that I will be worthy of their company...
When I first saw Gianne’s paintings, it struck me that her tonal deli-cacy was reminiscent of Lelia Caetani’s work. The style, evidently, is more modern, impressionistic and intuitive, but it is the product of well-attuned skills and thoughtful preparation. Gianne, as she alludes, is one of few artists in recent times to have been able to follow Ada and Marguerite’s pleasing tradition of allowing the garden to inspire gifted men and women by giving them the opportunity to spend un-hurried time at Ninfa. Gianne plans an exhibition at Sermoneta in July this year during the Music Campus. She is also donating one of her paintings to the Foundation.
For more information about Gianne please go to www.gianne.org