Florence Grenot by Daniel Lacomme
Life in its raw state: this is what appears from the beginning in Florence Grenot’s paintings. But when the artist is sufficiently a painter, this life crystallizes in paintings loaded with inventive pictoriality, perfect, vibrant; always interesting because at Florence, as with all painters, the story told is primarily that of painting. The free, untied compositions of this artist – graphic artist, colorist and very contemporary in her approach – imposes upon us a view by her decisions that are assumed in personal way.
Despite this appearance of improvisation, all the stages remain visible in layers, in the very measured superimposition of timeand their elaboration. The result is very moving compositions, whether on paper or on canvas.
Whether it is a landscape, still life, scenes, or figures, there emerges a “chiaroscuro of color”, passing by a way of diverting the vision, which projects this presence of beings improbable before us, radiating their presence, their being in the world, but certainly and above all their energy.
We realise, that the daring efforts of painting pay off, and that freedom is acquired in the context of accepting one’s particularities and in the utmost confidence of one’s own gifts. “What others reproach you for, cultivate it, it is yourself,” Cocteau told Picasso.