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Louis Du Var

Louis Du Var is one of those rare talents who are able to perfectly encapsulate a scene and draw the viewer into his paintings. Specialising in Mediterranean scenes of café culture, and architecture, Louis is a popular artist with his work selling throughout the world.

Louis’ antique and flower shop front paintings are charming and perfectly reflect the bijou nature of French streets with cobbled stones and traditional architecture. These pieces invite the viewer inside to see what is behind the windows with cascading flowers, glinting chandeliers, porcelain and objets d’art peeking from behind the glass and within the doorways. The heat of the sun on a Mediterranean afternoon positively oozes from his pieces and are a perfect antidote to the British winter – or a typical British summer, come to that! His Café scenes make perfect use of the Mediterranean light casting crisp shadows on the sandy and terracotta buildings, with umbrellas and tables spilling out on the street. Café Scene is bustling and vibrant, a town square perhaps, where Ville Francaise II is more like stumbling across a charming café in the back streets of a French town, without knowing it was there.

Light is a key feature of Louis’ work, and it is clear that the sun is where he is happiest painting; there are no night time scenes, and shadow is used most effectively to suggest a hidden corner, or to accentuate the bright light of the sun. In Sparkling Sands and Estuary shards of light pierce through the clouds setting off wonderful shadows and glinting off the water’s surface. Low Tide and Louis’ Kite series show an idyllic summer day spent on the beach with the gentle breeze almost tangible all a glow in his trademark sunshine. Coastal is almost photographic in quality with its amazing use of light and shade with twinkling peaks on the water and atop the stones breaking above it. The subtle reflections of clouds and the shadow they cast almost seem to move in this composition, which is available unframed on oversize canvas, which would be a spectacular addition to a room.

With many other pieces available in different sizes and formats, why not visit the Mediterranean every day by taking home a Louis du Var print.

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