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Francine Van Hove

Born in 1942 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Francine Van Hove draws and paints young women. Her models search together with the artist the best poses that they must hold for hours. Preparatory drawing sessions enable the painter to capture the casual gesture as well as its graphic and sculptural qualities.

Under an apparent simplicity, her everyday life scenes keep a kind of mystery. In a safe place, unconscious or unconcerned by their own beauty, young girls let themselves enjoy laziness or everyday pleasures: reading, having tea, daydreaming or sleeping. Sometimes pensive, other times melancholic, they forbid us the access to their inner life and stay in a way elusive. Francine Van Hove's work reflects a feeling of impossibility of communication and a saving loneliness, as a retreat deliberately chosen to be protected from the noise of the world.

Influenced by Greek sculpture, Flemish painting and the Italian Renaissance, Francine Van Hove seeks to perpetuate the classical tradition of painting: her refined work brings a sensation of wonder through the play of light, the rendering of the textures and the richness of details. Her skillfully modelled bodies impose a dreamy harmony through the perfection of their confident gestures.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
"Lectures interrompues", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2013
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2011
"Matins", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2010
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2009
"Des Livres et des lampes", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
Foire Internationale du Dessin, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2007
"Autour d’Elles", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2005
"Géantes", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2003
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2001
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2000
Villa Beatrix Enea, Mairie d'Anglet
1999
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1997
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1995
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1993
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1991
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1989
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1988
Musée du Château de Lunéville
1987
FIAC, Paris, Galerie Alain Blondel
1986
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1984
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1982
Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1978
Galerie Morantin-Nouvion, Paris


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013
Art Elysées, Paris, Galerie Alain Blondel
2009
"Art 2009", Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2005
"Figura", Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
2006
Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Galerie Alain Blondel
2000-2002
Pavillon des Antiquaires et des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Galerie Alain Blondel
"Figure Humaine", Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal
1998
ArtChicago, Galerie Alain Blondel
1994
Jardins d'été, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
1993
ArtMiami
1990-1994
Salon de Mars, Paris, Galerie Alain Blondel
1989-1990
Lineart, Ghent, Galerie Alain Blondel
1989
Exposition France-Japon ; Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka
Le patio en Septembre, Mairie d'Anglet
1988
IGI 88, New York
1986
Arte Fiera, Bologna
ICAF, Los Angeles
Galerie Hartcourts Contemporary, San Francisco
1985
Musée Paul Valéry, Sète
1983-1984
International Art Expo, Stockholm, Galerie Alain Blondel
1982
Foire Internationale de Chicago, Galerie Alain Blondel
1981-1994
FIAC, Paris, Galerie Alain Blondel

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