Château de Saurs, Gaillac

One of the gloriously colourful « South West France, Gaillac » Collection.

Chateau de Saurs C 23.05.17

Chateau de Saurs C 23.05.17

This new painting in oils on canvas measures 76 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″), oils on canvas, £12,000.00, ex studio, ex frame.

The painting:

Finally completed 23.05.2017., a painting of the most elegant chateau in the Gaillac Region,described as “more than a match for anything in the Musee d’Orsay”, much acclaimed by the Gaillac historian and author Alaine Sorreano, when he introduced an inaugural showing of this Gaillac  Collection at the Maison Culturale, Ville de Gaillac, an exhibition during December 2016.

I was a little surprised in part because I felt I could do more for this painting. I’d been  unexpectedly offered a showing my “Nelson and Trafalgar Collection” the month before at the Army and Navy Club, Saint James, Pall Mall.

An irresistible, rare, opportunity in the ‘POSH’ part of London as anyone who has played Monopoly will know.

Thus I had  waited patiently for the colours to settle before commencing a series of carefully planned ‘adjustments, fine tuning colours, tones and in some cases, form and details.

The result is a very sophisticated painting very capable of holding its own in a room with any other art work; I am pleased.
The changes are subtle, among others, slight alterations to colours, lighter, brighter, some new colours added, added for depth, form and light to the trees, shrubs and lawn, given further touches of attention to the tone and colour of the building and generally sharpened up details including spruced up the people on the terrace.
Unusually, this painting as with the others in the remarkable Gaillac Collection,  was produced partly on location.
My particular thanks to the patron of Château de Saurs,  Yves Burres for his understanding and cooperation.
Chateau de Saurs detail 23.05.17

Chateau de Saurs detail 23.05.17

It was Yves’ grand daughter who suggested including the red squirrel in this painting, a charming idea, thank you mademoiselle.

Chateau de Saurs detail 2 23.05.17

Chateau de Saurs detail 2 23.05.17

As a result, one way and another, there is an intriguing story to tell via the “Further Reading” link below, of the painting’s evolution, production and inspiration, and as an introduction the award winning selection of  fine wines produced at Château de Saurs.

Chateau de Saurs detail 3 23.05.17

Chateau de Saurs detail 3 23.05.17

“Further Reading”

The Château

The present château was built between 1848 and 1852.

As a visitor you are free to explore and enjoy the beautiful gardens as I did.

To begin your discovery, follow my footsteps into this extraordinary painting.

Château de Saurs has produced many award winning wines, you can freely sample and if you wish, buy these fine wines produced from the surrounding vines.

Wine making has been a family tradition for the  Gineste de Saurs family, seated  at château de Saurs  since the 14th century.

This the most classic  château in the region, built as you see here in the Palladium style, encompassed by fine gardens and includes a beautiful modern art gallery.

Château de Saurs is the most classic château and in the heart of the Gaillac region, a dozen kilometers North west of the ancient town of Gaillac, don’t miss visiting de Saurs when nearby.

One way and another, the stately Château de Saurs as  is thoroughly worthy of inclusion here as one of the most interesting château and domaine in the Gaillac region, arguably the most famous, certainly the most elegant.

Chateau de Saurs, 28.11.16 IMG_9171

Château de Saurs, 28.11.16

For a first  comparison with the finished painting, the image above, dated 28.11.16 shows the Château de Saurs painting almost completed.
I made a number of visits during the autumn of 2015 and 2016, explored the vicinity and, it had to be done, sampled the excellent wines.
the final image above is distinctly more radiant, with some further highlighting and contrasting to better represent the light, radiance and warmth of this South West region of France, Gaillac in the Tarn.
The colours, light and very complex forms in the gardens of Château de Saurs present me with a considerable challenge.
Chateau de Saurs, detail 1, 28.11.16

Chateau de Saurs, detail 1, 28.11.16

Development sketches and pictures appear here in reverse chronological order (starting with the bottom, last image).

Chateau de Saurs, detail 2, 28.11.16

Chateau de Saurs, detail 2, 28.11.16

Chateau de Saurs, detail 3, 28.11.16

Chateau de Saurs, detail 3, 28.11.16

In this earlier post, 22.11.2016, you can see how I’ve increasingly focused on the Garden.

Chateau de Saurs, progress 22.11.16

Chateau de Saurs, progress 22.11.16

 

Chateau de Saurs, progress, 17.10.16

Chateau de Saurs, progress, 17.10.16

Potential beginning to really show here: a long way to go: Chateau de Saurs.

Chateau de Saurs, progressing  11.10.16

Chateau de Saurs, progressing 11.10.16

In it’s own way “Chateau de Saurs” is at this stage just as complex and demanding of me as was the recent painting of the same physical size, “Kenya, Maiden Arrival, BI Sunday” a port scene which included 7 large merchant ships and numerous small craft.

By this stage I have already made several visits to the location.

Fortunately for this painting the owner of the property is a cultured gentleman so indulging me, he asked for regular updates, duly sent.

This rare chance gives me an opportunity to have some fun here and give of my best plus, by checking and re checking at the location, a rare event, until I am satisfied.

Chateau de Saurs, progress 23.09.16

Chateau de Saurs, progress 23.09.16

Squiggly lines:

You may notice I’ve made the painting look very original with lots of squiggly lines?

Can you guess why?

Chateau de Saurs 16.08.16

Chateau de Saurs 16.08.16

In discussion this week while having lunch with the owner, his wife and a friend of his, on the terrace and it was a very good lunch well served, an idyllic setting, I had an idea.
A little ‘inspiration’, the sort of thing that can happen when people are generous with artists.
I made a suggestion which resolved an issue that had been bothering me.

More work for me, drat; however I think it will help bring the painting to life: I suggested we show his family and their dogs as a detail on the terrace.

He agreed so I’ve altered the composition to allow for this
Can you spot which elements have changes?

A clue, at least tree things…

Chateau de Saurs, progressing, 12.09.16

Chateau de Saurs, progressing, 12.09.16

Progress…

This landscape painting was completed partly on location, by kind permission of the owner, thank you Yves,  during September 2016

Chateau de Saurs 19.08.16

Chateau de Saurs 19.08.16

 

Château de Saurs 17.08.2016

Château de Saurs 17.08.2016

Oils, Sketch, de Saurs made 07.10.2015

Oils, Sketch,  de Saurs made 07.10.2015

Les jardins du Château de Saurs couleurs, la lumière et les formes me présentent un défi considérable.

The colours, light and forms gardens of Château de Saurs present me with a considerable challenge.

I made a number of visits during the autumn of 2015, explored the vicinity and, it had to be done, sampled the excellent wines.

Chateau de Saurs sketch 1

Chateau de Saurs sketch 1

Together in consultation with the owner we decided the most distinguishing feature is the magnificent, most striking view of this the classic Palladium style Château de Saurs from the beautiful gardens.

Chateau de Saurs sketch 2

Chateau de Saurs sketch 2

Part of my solution has been to sketch and make colour studies in the garden to explore the forms and colours, by kind permission of the owner.

working on Chateau de Saurs a sketch

working on Chateau de Saurs a sketch

Together we decided the new painting will be oils on canvas measuring 76 x 121 cms (30″ x 48″).

Chateau de Saurs oil sketch detail 1

Chateau de Saurs oil sketch detail 1

Le château de Saurs il est situé au coeur du Vignoble Gaillacois, à 50 kilomètres au nord-est de Toulouse et à 20 kilomètres à l’ouest d’Albi.

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