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Les Illuminations, Rimbaud Inspired paintings

Updated: Dec 22, 2022

Hello dear friends, art lovers and dreamers...

I'm so excited today to announce that I'm almost close to finish my flower bouquets serie I started this summer.

It was truly a pleasure for me to create each paintings.

The serie is entitled Illuminations, which is inspired by my favorite poet of all time Arthur Rimbaud*.

*You can find a great website I have been using as a source to learn about his poetry called Mag4 which is in French and English.

My story:

I was born in Normandie, France and when I was young I studied at school French poets and writers and Arthur Rimbaud immediately caught my attention, touched my heart.

First by the immense beauty of his poetry and second the young man that he was.

I loved to learn about his life, something I did on my own, reading about him and watch movies that relate his life.

One of my all time favorite movie is called Total Eclipse. I highly suggest you to watch it!

Art and poetry are connected that's why I loved translating these poems and my feelings onto the canvas. Rimbaud loved nature and wrote about it a lot in his prose.

Observing nature and impregnate myself into it is something I do very often. To seek peace, inspiration and to become nature myself. In these paintings, I am sharing that bond we have with mother earth and all living beings as well as sharing some parts of Rimbaud's poetry using collages from an old book that I owned.

Discover the whole serie on my website

Each paintings have a meaning and beautiful energy that will be diffused into your home I believe. I am myself enjoying them everyday until they find their forever home.


And finally, here are some of my favorite poems of Arthur Rimbaud, eternal dreamer, lover, wanderer and genius.

On the blue summer evenings, I shall go down the paths, Getting pricked by the corn, crushing the short grass: In a dream I shall feel its coolness on my feet. I shall let the wind bathe my bare head.

I shall not speak, I shall think about nothing: But endless love will mount in my soul; And I shall travel far, very far, like a gipsy, Through the countryside - as happy as if I were with a woman.

Arthur Rimbaud March 1870.

In this poem, Rimbaud expresses his feelings and sensations as a young men, exploring love, nature and romance...he is a master of metaphors.

As a bohemian, wild heart, freedom is connected to happiness with nature as its companion. Rimbaud refers nature as a woman at the end of the poem which I find absolutely beautiful. This infinite love will mount in his soul... Rimbaud translate the highest form of love as a connection with Nature... the moment you meet her, the well being feeling, the tenderness and lightness...

I tried through this serie of painting to express that because myself I feel the same when in the wild.


Elle est retrouvée. Quoi? - L'Éternité. C'est la mer allée Avec le soleil.

Âme sentinelle, Murmurons l'aveu De la nuit si nulle Et du jour en feu.

Des humains suffrages, Des communs élans Là tu te dégages Et voles selon.

Puisque de vous seules, Braises de satin, Le Devoir s'exhale Sans qu'on dise : enfin.

Là pas d'espérance, Nul orietur. Science avec patience, Le supplice est sûr.

Elle est retrouvée. Quoi ? - L'Éternité. C'est la mer allée Avec le soleil.

Mai 1872

Thank you for reading.


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