|Work in progress at the studio of Jean-Pierre Besenval|
|Entrance to the Atelier|
One rainy day in Paris, after a fabulous day exploring the Musée Carnavalet, my friend Ziska and I set off through the Marais thinking about a good place for dinner, when we were distracted by the sight of a doorway and signs for the Atelier Peinture Sur Bois, the studio of Jean-Pierre Besenval.
I'm a long-time fan of M. Besenval's painted furniture and have two excellent books on his work.
So of course we ventured inside the courtyard to the shop, where we were warmly greeted by artist Luigi Madéo, Besenval's longtime collaborator and co-author.
The shop contains a gallery filled with beautifully painted furniture pieces and art panels, all done with traditional media and techniques, and inspired by Italian Renaissance ornament, as well as 15th century Flemish painting and other historic European decorative art.
|Luigi Madéo in the atelier|
|Painted furniture and art panels in the studio/gallery of Jean-Pierre Besenval|
|work in progress in the studio|
This is I think a great way to raise the height of the ceiling and create a simple architectural opportunity for some splendid ornament.
|The huge support posts in the center of the shop are also decorated, and the designs are painted plumb, even when the posts themselves are not.|
|I love this armoire door inset which is spectacularly painted, and seems to pay homage to Renaissance botanical artist Jacques Le Moyne De Morgues.|
Decorative artists will be keen to learn that Jean-Pierre Besenval and Luigi Madéo teach painting classes for furniture and decorative panels in their Paris atelier with the next session beginning in April 2013.
If you are in Paris, be sure to visit the Atelier Peinture sur Bois at 32 rue de Sévigné in the Marais; or visit the website at www.meublespeints.com
All photos in the post by Lynne Rutter, October 2011
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