Lumières littorales, 2024

by Sophie Dumont

Painting : oil

40 x 40 x 2 cm 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch

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Dimensions cm inch

40 x 40 x 2 cm 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch Height x Width x Depth


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Artwork dimensions including frame

47 x 47 x 4.4 cm 18.5 x 18.5 x 1.7 inch


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Artwork location: France

The painting entitled "Littoral Lights" by Sophie Dumont, measuring 40 x 40 cm, is a work made in oil on canvas which explores the nuances and beauty of coastal landscapes through a colorful and dynamic abstraction. This piece, modest in size but rich in visual impact, captures the essence of seaside lights and shapes.

Visual Description

Color Palette: The painting uses a bright and varied color palette, dominated by shades of blue, beige, white, and touches of red and green. The shades of blue evoke the sky and the sea, creating a bright and serene atmosphere. Shades of beige and white add a feeling of sand and sunlight, while touches of red and green introduce elements of contrast and dynamism into the composition.

Composition and Technique: The composition is abstract, composed of different strata and horizontal lines which evoke coastal landscapes with their beaches, dunes and maritime horizon. The palette knife technique is used to apply paint in thick layers, creating a rich, complex texture. The visible brushstrokes and different layers of color add a tactile dimension and depth to the work.

Elements of the Work:

  • The Strata: The composition is structured around horizontal strata of different colors, suggesting layers of earth, sand and sea. These strata create a visual dynamic that guides the eye through the work, inviting you to explore each detail.
  • Pops of Color: Pops of red and green provide points of contrast that add energy and visual interest to the composition. They can evoke natural or architectural elements present in coastal landscapes.

Texture and Movement: Using the palette knife to apply paint creates a textured surface with subtle variations that catch light in intricate ways The thick layers of paint and visible brushstrokes add a sense of movement and energy, creating a visual dynamic that brings the work to life. The rich texture invites the viewer to explore the work up close, providing an immersive visual and tactile experience.

Meaning and Interpretation

“Lights Littorales" can be interpreted as a celebration of the beauty and diversity of coastal landscapes. The title suggests a reflection on the play of light and colors that characterize the seaside, captured through an abstraction that evokes the textures and nuances of the coastlines.

The painting invites contemplation and reflection on the visual richness of coastal landscapes, transformed here into an abstract composition that evokes sensations of calm and light. Vibrant colors and rich textures capture the essence of seashores, providing a rich, immersive visual experience that evokes the depth and complexity of coastal landscapes.

Context and Importance of the Artist

Sophie Dumont is a world-renowned artist whose works are recognized for their ability to capture the essence of subjects through abstract and expressive shapes and colors. His paintings are part of prestigious collections, including in international museums and galleries. “Lumières Littorales" demonstrates his exceptional talent for creating compositions that are both visually captivating and deeply evocative.

Through “Lumières Littorales," Sophie Dumont demonstrates an impressive mastery of abstraction and the palette knife technique. The work captures attention with its rich texture, balanced composition and subtle use of color, offering an evocative interpretation of the lights and shapes of coastal landscapes. This piece illustrates the artist's talent and his place among the most influential contemporary creators, whose works continue to enrich world-renowned art collections.

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Sophie Dumont is a contemporary French artist, born in Paris on April 9, 1964. She currently lives and works in Langrune, in Normandy. Her work is distinguished by an artistic approach where each canvas is built around graphics put into perspective by color.

Her artistic exploration begins with the Norman landscapes , where she probes the slightest vibrations of a familiar environment. She uses shades of gray and white to create landscapes which, although omnipresent, escape the gaze to reveal furtive apparitions drowned in a pearly and translucent light. These landscapes, imbued with a lyricism bordering on abstraction , move away from a palpable reality, offering the viewer total freedom of interpretation. Sophie Dumont's technique is marked by the use of oil in successive layers, creating transparencies and subtle light effects. The palette knife shapes the material into layers that merge into a combination of shimmering colors, bringing to life representations independent of any direct reference.

Dumont's stylistic evolution is notable in her series on libraries, where the book becomes a metaphor for culture rather than an everyday object. The libraries overflowing with volumes and the detailed bindings are an evocation of culture as a first universal language, a vector of peace transcending borders and differences.

Some of her paintings recall the influence of Nicolas de Staël through their graphic simplicity and fluidity, tending towards a lyrical abstraction which erases the visible appearances of reality. The variations of black, gray and white concentrate all the energy contained in nature, in a play of perspectives and lights where the line fades in favor of the general atmosphere of the canvas.

Sophie Dumont has presented her works in individual and group exhibitions nationally, distinguishing herself by using large formats . Her paintings, whether landscapes or libraries, always incite dreams and reflection.
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