Matlacha Island, FL (PRWEB) June 24, 2014
Leoma Lovegrove was recently given the honor of being the first American to paint in Claude Monet’s Floating Studio, Le Bateau-Atelier near his gardens in Giverny, France.
The Studio Boat (Le Bateau-Atelier) is an exact replica of Monet’s 1800’s studio and was launched for the first time this summer. During her 3 hours aboard the studio, Leoma signed the boat and created twenty pieces of art in her signature impressionistic style.
She was also invited by Captain Bertrand de Vautibault and his wife to exhibit her artwork at their adjacent home, Maison du Peintre Pierre Bonnard where the boat is docked. She will exhibit the pieces at their former home of famous artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) in October of this year.
“I have always been inspired by Monet and am very grateful to James Priest, the head gardener of Monet’s gardens for extending such a gracious offer to have me be the first American aboard,” said Lovegrove. “I have been painting and teaching in Giverny for more than 10 years and continue to find inspiration from my trips to France. When I first saw a painting of Monet’s floating studio years ago I came back to Matlacha Island and created my own floating studio at my gallery and gardens.”
About Leoma Lovegrove: Lovegrove is an impressionist-expressionist painter known worldwide for her depictions of the Florida lifestyle. Located in the heart of Matlacha Island on the southwest coast of Florida, Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens is one of the most colorful landmarks in the Sunshine State. Learn more at: LeomaLovegrove.com.
About Le Bateau-Atelier: The Studio Boat (Le Bateau-Atelier) is an exact replica of Monet’s floating studio. It is docked at the former home of famous French painter Pierre Bonnard near Monet’s gardens. The owner of the home, Captain Bertrand de Vautibault had the boat built to allow painters to sail on the Seine in search of the best scenery. The boat will be used for painters who wish to navigate the footsteps of the Impressionists such as Monet and Bonnard.