The Secret Garden: At Home with Artist Claire Basler in France by

Issue 6 · The French Connection · February 11, 2015

The Secret Garden: At Home with Artist Claire Basler in France

Issue 6 · The French Connection · February 11, 2015

Claire Basler lives and works in a former schoolhouse in Les Ormes, on the outskirts of Paris, where she creates enormous floral arrangements on a daily basis as the subject of her large-scale paintings.

Basler, who studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, spent hours in the Louvre, observing classic masterpieces, and was inspired by French 18th century painting, Watteau in particular. "In her garden, she witnesses nature's fight for life against the wind, the rain, and the sun," according to the Telegraph. "This is what Claire Basler portrays in her paintings: the strength and frailty of a flower, the reassuring nature of a tree, the metamorphosis of a simple poppy." To read more, go to Roseland Art & Decoration. Photos via Claire Basler

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Above: Basler's home is a former schoolhouse.

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Above: Basler at work in her studio.

Above: Basler creates her daily floral arrangements from her own gardens.

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Above: Still life with hydrangeas.

Above: Basler at work.

Above: Tools of the trade.

Above: Basler's library, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

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Above: Wall murals by Basler in the music room.

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Above: In the dining room, a mantel is painted an unexpected shade of green.

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Above: A row of Ikea Maskros pendants. 

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Above: Green dining chairs echo the room's palette.

Above: Basler's kitchen is painted a sunny yellow.

Above: A pair of Artemide Tolomeo lights illuminates the study.

Above: Basler's bedroom is pared down and simple.

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Above: Murals in a bedroom.

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Above: Basler's work is inspired by the natural landscape.

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