Clément Nivert
Bois le Roi, France

Clément Nivert lives in Bois le Roi in north central France, near the Forest of Fontainebleau where the artists of the Barbizon School used to gather to paint in the 1800s. He draws inspiration from this past, creating art with a “French spirit.” There is a lot of movement in the work, produced with fluid colors and shapes. Identifying forms, resembling treetops or light sparkling through shrubs, provides clues to where we are; the paintings can feel like we are watching the countryside rush by from the window of a car. At the same time, the ripples and reflections created by Clément’s impressionist brushstrokes are reminiscent of Claude Monet’s waterlilies. It’s easy to see a loyalism for the history of French painting and Clément’s heritage. He generally works outside to be with the light. His color schemes show time in transition and at a point of drama–the last light of the day or the weather right before a storm. A musician when he is not making artwork, Clément finds the musicality of abstraction intriguing. The way the colors harmonize and create expression is what he finds most beautiful about painting.

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Oil painting on stretched canvas
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39" h x 57" w x 1" d
17 lbs. 2 oz.


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This piece is made up of four separate gallery wrapped canvases. The edges are finished and each piece comes wired to hang. 

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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