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Claude Monet painted ' La Corniche de Monaco' (The Red Road near Menton) in 1884.
In his painting the bright colors shimmers in the sunlight.
In this painting of La Corniche I chose the colors of the dusk.
The red in the sky is complementary with the dark blue of the mediterranean sea.
The view is from the footpath of 'Cap Moderne' (Villa E-1027 of Eileen Gray) towards Monaco.
The landscape refers to my youth and is subject of many dreams.


Twilight Bay Painting

Cécile van Hanja


Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 55.1 W x 31.5 H x 1 D in

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“Twilight Bay” draws inspiration from Claude Monet’s masterpiece ‘La Corniche de Monaco’ painted in 1884, capturing the essence of the renowned work while infusing a unique interpretation. In Monet’s painting, vibrant colors shimmer under the sunlight, portraying the vividness of the scene. In this reinterpretation, the focus shifts to the colors of dusk, imbuing the landscape with the hues of twilight. The painting showcases a mesmerizing view from the footpath of ‘Cap Moderne’ (Villa E-1027 of Eileen Gray) towards Monaco. The choice of colors highlights the complementary interplay between the red hues of the sky and the deep blue tones of the Mediterranean sea, evoking the serene transition from day to night. This composition becomes a tribute to youthful memories and cherished dreams, depicting a landscape that holds profound personal significance. “Twilight Bay” becomes a visual narrative that invites viewers to immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of a twilight scene, resonating with the artist’s nostalgic reflections and evoking the allure of a dreamlike Mediterranean vista.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

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Size:55.1 W x 31.5 H x 1 D in

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Cécile van Hanja, born in Corsica in 1964 and a graduate from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1993, is an artist residing and working in Haarlem, Netherlands. Her artistic journey was profoundly influenced by her early years spent in the South of France, where she later found inspiration in the structured landscapes of the Netherlands. Van Hanja’s works embody the principles of ‘De Stijl’ and Modernism, particularly influenced by Piet Mondrian’s straight lines and the movement’s pursuit of harmony and unity. Her fascination with the ideas of hope and prosperity stemming from these movements of the 20th century reflects in her paintings, which often depict modern architectural compositions characterized by rhythmic patterns of verticals and horizontals. Emphasizing immaterial aspects by creating open spaces, her paintings feature transparent walls and floors, leading to an interplay of reflections and vanishing points. The deliberate use of thin layers of acrylic and oil paint adds depth and luminosity to her works, allowing underlying colors to shine through and preventing the architectural compositions from becoming static. Cécile van Hanja’s art is known for its multi-colored labyrinth of spaces, creating an illusion of depth and complexity within a structured framework of lines and reflections. Her compositions invite viewers to explore the blend between rational and intuitive thinking, offering a unique perspective on modern architectural landscapes through her layered and transparent artistic approach. Her works are displayed in various private collections globally and represented by prominent galleries such as the Fremin Gallery in New York and Saatchi Art’s Samsung Architecture collection.

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