PavaneAnne-François de Sérilly
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on back
29 " h x 39 " w x 1 " d |5 lbs. 1 oz.
The Pavane is a slow, solemn dance of the European courts dating back to the 16th century. While the dance went out of style, the music lived on, later to be immortalized by composers such as Maurice Ravel and Fauré. The modern, circus setting in this painting indicates that the title is in irony just as the action of the athletic, scantily clad bodies is a far cry from a royal court. Gold leaf paint has been applied to the structure containing the circus and the peacock's tail. The sides of the canvas are secured with decorative nails.
Artist Anne-François de Sérilly paints scenes of high culture from his home studio overlooking the rooftops in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. His works portray a night at the art deco theater, card games, and the world of fashion with the ambiance of the 1930s. Growing up, Anne-François’s grandfather was a portraitist, and Anne-François himself painted his first portrait at age 10. After majoring in Finance, he stepped off the business path before him and decided to pursue fine art. He cultivated his artistic ideals looking at the great masters of the 17th and 18th centuries, and then spent five years in Brazil where he absorbed the colors and boldness into his style. The artist shares, “I continue to apply myself to the pursuit of an ideal. I sacrificed everything for my work, it's more important to me than anything else.” When he is not in his studio, he spends time with his wife and five children, practices advanced martial arts, and dances tango.