The owner of an old castle painted its walls with fairy-tale flowers: Claire Basler
Who wouldn’t want to live in a beautiful fairy-tale castle? French artist Claire Basler managed to make her dream come true. When Claire and her husband bought a dilapidated old castle, the Chateau de Beauvoir, in the suburbs of Paris, it was little like a dream. It was Claire who made it into a living fairy tale. She managed it so much that they arrange excursions to the castle – it has become one of the attractions of France.
Claire Basler was born in 1960, in France, in the small town of Vincennes. Since childhood, she loved to draw most of all. No wonder she went to the Paris school of fine arts. During her studies, she often visited the Louvre and could walk there for hours, so much did she admire the Museum’s masterpieces. This determined her vocation and was incredibly inspiring.
When the question arose in the life of Claire and her husband Pierre that you need to buy a house, she showed courage and determination, as well as a certain amount of adventurism and insisted on choosing the Chateau de Beauvoir. This is an old castle of the 13th century. It was in need of repair, there were no basic amenities. The couple moved in the winter. The castle had 40 rooms. Claire remembers that the room temperature was below fifteen degrees below zero and she and her husband were huddled in the same room, which they tried to somehow heat.
It was then that Claire came up with the idea of painting directly on the walls, since she didn’t have canvases. She tells how one day the cats dragged the frozen birds into the house. They warmed up and began to fly around the room, cats ran after birds, dogs after cats, and in this madhouse she created her masterpieces, and her husband did repairs.
At that time, conceptualism was in Vogue in the world of painting. But that didn’t inspire Claire. Nature always beckoned to her. A serene world of harmony and contemplation. For this, of course, the artist required, in addition to talent, a large share of self-confidence and strength of spirit, so as not to be a blind follower of established traditions. Claire never ceases to admire how everything in nature is thought out and interconnected.
In the works of Claire Basler, one feels not just gratitude, but reverence for the power and beauty of nature. Flowers are so fragile, their life is fleeting, but the artist manages to keep this fleeting beauty of their life in her works. She likes to observe the simple delicate charm in the life of plants. How they harden under the scorching sun, endure gusts of wind and beating rain, at the risk of being broken. Life is impossible without it.
Regardless of whether she creates miniature paintings or giant canvases that cover the entire wall, all of them are made with indescribable elegance and refined refinement, filled with energy. The play of light and shadow in the floral landscapes of Claire Basler plunges us into the natural idyll of the laws of existence. This endless maelstrom of creation. Where there is a time of luxurious flowering and melancholy withering. The artist’s paintings are filled with a deep understanding of the meaning of life, you can contemplate them endlessly, plunging into this mystical world of the magic Kingdom of Beauvoir.
Claire Basler is happy that home and work are one in her life. She can work for days if she is inspired. The artist believes that furniture spoils and clutters the space, and painting brings life to any interior. The frescoes created by Basler on the walls of the deserted halls of her castle make the interior self-sufficient, completely non-Intrusive in any furniture. The artist’s house is modestly furnished. All its luxuries are walls painted with romantic paintings.
When Claire Basler is asked why she chooses flowers in her painting, she always says that flowers are just easier to communicate with. They are much more interesting and tender than people. They are easy and easy to deal with. In addition, such work involves a huge variety of colors and shapes. Claire’s amazing efficiency has allowed her to paint two dozen rooms already. Sometimes she goes back to what she has already drawn and changes it if it seems that the story of the room does not harmonize with the neighboring ones.
The artist has learned to detach herself from the noise or disorder that is happening. She is not distracted from work and does not lose inspiration. Claire even created her own arrangement of paint cans so that she wouldn’t even look at them while she was working. The artist admits that she rarely washes her palette — multi-colored layers sometimes give a very unexpected effect.
Claire Basler, who paints the walls of a dilapidated castle with simple colors, gained not only peace of mind and pleasure from life, but also worldwide fame. Among the fans of her work are not only connoisseurs of painting, but also famous interior designers. Claire managed to create something that is amazing, new, and at the same time, so old and kind.