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Summer Breeze is a daydream from Heaven; more than that, it is a dream of a perfect day. Puffy white clouds dance in Heaven, while sails shimmer off azure waters. The joyful tranquility of the scene refreshes the soul.
Southern France – the hills of Provence and the dramatic coastline of the Cote d’Azur – is blessed with such perfect days, when an endless stream of sunlight pours over beaches and gardens. The great Impressionist masters – Monet, Sisley, and Renoir – were inspired by such splendor, now I, as Robert Girrard, join their company.
I began my love affair with Impressionism years ago, on a walk through Southern France. In the coming months, Nanette and I intended to return to the source on a bicycle sketching tour. Summer Breeze uses broken color and broad strokes to engage the imagination. It invites you to join the artist in my Heavenly daydream.
- The basis for Summer Breeze came from Thomas Kinkade’s days of tromping through Southern France. Make note of the sunlight as it pours over the hills of Provence and the dramatic coastline of Cote d’Azur.
- Summer Breeze is one of the beautiful collection of Impressionistic images in Thom’s Robert Girrard Collection.
- Summer Breeze marks Thom’s early years of finding inspiration in the French countryside. This led to his use of the Robert Girrard brush name – a persistent alter ego that allowed him the freedom to explore the beauty and drama of the Impressionist style.
- For a period of six years, Thom painted under the brush name of Robert Girrard from 1984 to 1989: “I wanted to reinvent academic styles – implementing my own use of light. Impressionism was an avenue that beckoned that pursuit.”
|Subject Location||Cote d'Azur, Southern France|
|Collection||Robert Girrard Collection|
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