Paul Dmoch - Balustrade - detail, Maison Victor Horta, Bruxelles, Belgique 72 x 48
I love to paint Art Nouveau subjects with a passion as they have both architectural and organic structures. When painting all those arabesques of wrought iron balustrades, candle-sticks, furniture and stained
glass windows I want to create an illusion of space which wraps its arms around us.
When I saw the interior of the Victor Horta house in Brussels for the first time (ages ago) I was enchanted by all that space, seeing a sinuous twisting balustrade, I felt I was an organic part of that movement. My mind was looking for a way to reveal all those effects in watercolour. The huge wall and vault surfaces I was accustomed to in my Cathedral images were absent. I imagined that I should paint the Art Nouveau spaces in distracted light twisted around me which would encourage all forms to grow and to create an illusion of movement captured standing still ...
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