Geneviève Boschel: The Perfect Synthesis

Posted: February 11, 2010 in Reviewed Work

BoschelFigurative artwork represents something in real life and may benefit from this fact when the subject naturally appeals to the viewer. On the other hand, abstract work, which is not constrained by the representational directive, can be particularly effective when a fiery dynamism expresses great heart and soul on the part of the artist. Abstract art may, however, be accused of being a style whereby the artist simply moves the paint around seemingly aimlessly until there is a satisfiable harmony, at which point, he or she self approvingly declares the work to be well done and complete.

With this in mind many people prefer figurative work for the simple reason mentioned above. But for those viewers who are not simple, another type of art, neither figurative nor abstract, may be preferred: highly structured conceptual work where one has the impression that something fundamental to nature, our nature (elements, forms and/or processes) are being discovered. This may be likened to the great scientific discoveries that help remove the veil of Mother Nature as it were.

And, when both these qualities are achieved in artwork—the heart and soul that is expressed in a fiery dynamism and a sense of strong structural discovery as in certain highly calculated works—you seem to have it all. What’s more, you have before you a work that demonstrates the technical mastery of bringing the two radically different styles together into one.

The work of Geneviève Boschel, a relatively unknown Parisian artist (at the time of this writing) does this. And it is pure pleasure to find yourself in the presence of one of her works.


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