|Marion Buricatu, Fine Artist|
Clementines during the winter season are just as pretty as they are good. The twisted stem and scrawny leaves bring interest to the already round shape of the clementine, making it an endless source of inspiration.In this still life, I selected a beautiful porcelain plate from a set I received as a wedding gift many years ago in France. Decorated with a stunning design of green and gold leaves, the plate bears the name of a renowned Parisian landmark, the "Hotel de Matignon." The name is misleading, as it isn’t a hotel open to the public, it is actually the official residence of the French Prime Minister.I sensed that the irregular and rustic nature of the clementine would beautifully complement the flawless and luxurious nature of the plate. Placing them together, I created a composition that showcases the simple nature of a delicious fruit and the refined elegance of fine craftsmanship.