Cécile Ganne

Contemporary Art, French Expressionist and Colorist
Focus Real Estate

43 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA

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Growing up in France in a family of artists and sculptors, Cécile has a passion for color. Through her paintings, Cécile lends substance and form to the layers of memory that deposit in our minds, just as sediment shapes geological landforms. Her landscapes, imagined or re-imagined from her childhood in Southern France, invite us to escape into vibrant vistas where the interior and exterior merge, creating a sense of time suspended.

Working with oil, cold wax and multimedia, Cécile builds layers upon layers of color, sometimes scratching hues together, accentuating the raw quality of the canvas or wood encircling the enigmatic forms at the core of her paintings, sometimes called “earthly corals”: as grounded as trees, but as fluid as seaweed. Her work invites us to escape into vibrant vistas providing the viewer with a window of distilled joy.

Some have compared her paintings to the later work of Cézanne, who played with perspective by flattening his landscapes, distorting forms, imparting a vibrant sense of movement to his structures and inviting contemplation from multiple angles. Similarly, Cécile abolishes distance to invite the viewer to step into her landscapes through the colorful network of energy that unites the human experience in a single vision.

Cécile holds a Ph.D. from B.U., Licences de Lettres and Art History from La Sorbonne and Toulouse le Mirail, France. When not creating, she teaches French at Wellesley College.

ARTISTS AT THIS LOCATION: Hilary Hanson Bruel, Raquel Fornasaro, Cécile Ganne, Janet Kawada, Carey McKinley, Inga Puzikov

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