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The Heart of Paris
Flo de Bretagne was born and raised in Paris. Thinking of Paris, you might envision the Eiffel Tower or picture yourself at the Louvre Museum or in Montmartre. Besides these famous landmarks, what could be more authentic and typical of Paris than its little cafés? Thousands of coffee shops are spread out across Paris. Many call them the city’s lungs, or heart because they allow people to take a breath of fresh air. At the start of a new day, in-between work meetings, or at the end of a long day, people meet for a drink and chat at cafés. As a tribute to her Parisian life, Flo has painted a series of coffee shops. With her rich and vibrant palette of colors, she narrates a lively Parisian scene.
"I was born in Paris and spent the first thirty three years of my life in the 'city of lights.' What I love about Paris is the atmosphere: people constantly rushing in all directions, walking or running from one place to another, crossing streets anywhere, disregarding the street lights. All this hustle and bustle seems to be on 'pause' once you sit down in a café." - Flo
Every block has its own café, sometimes several of them line up one after another! But each one of them is unique with its own personality: some are small, cozy and intimate, while others are large and open with expansive terraces. In the cozy ones, one might meet a new lover or read a newspaper quietly. In the large café, one comes to enjoy the last rays of sun on the terrace or the background noise coming from the city, such as car honks or the sounds of bustling life. Some cafés contain a wooden interior with a vintage look. Others have a modern feel. The one thing they have in common is their typical round-shaped chairs found in nearly every Parisian coffee shop!
A Step by Step Process, from Drawing to Painting
"From my drawings I make engravings, both aquatints and drypoint prints on paper. My black and white etchings always reveal the texture of the coffee shop's atmosphere. From these black and white etchings, I make colorful serigraphs (a technique used to replicate an image with various colors), and finally paintings. My paintings are small and intimate. In my series of cafés, one will never see large crowds of people. It's only one or two people at the most, sharing secrets or just relaxing after a long day. I want to capture the peace and relief of such moments." - Flo