Pays Catalan

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• Artist : Maryse Casol
• Sennelier Oil on Cotton Canvas
• Canvas : Bambino Gianfrancesco
• 20" x 40" - 51 cm x 102 cm
• Signed Casol at the bottom right
• 2004
• Made in Canada
• Studio photo of the artwork : Daniel Charpentier
• Virtual tour photos : Jean-François Côté
• Photo of the exhibition : Mickaël Casol

Your Painting

Discover the South of France by admiring the painting Pays Catalan by artist Maryse Casol!

"J'adore cette région, le soleil, la mer, les gens, les fleurs, les fruits, les légumes, le Mont Canigou au loin, le parfum frais de l'air, les cigales, la musique... tout!" :
Maryse Casol.

Painted by Maryse Casol in 2004, using Sennelier oil made in Paris, France at 3 Quai Voltaire facing the Louvre (painting of choice by the greatest artists since 1887, such as Degas, Cézanne and Picasso) , on a custom cotton canvas, mounted on a frame in linden wood made by Bambino Gianfrancesco, owner of Les Cadres et Moulures Majestic, one of the best Italian artisans in the world.

Graduate from the Istituto Tecnico Settore Tecnologico school in Campobasso, Mr. Bambino was also a Track and Field Champion in Europe in the 1960s before coming to Canada!

"Linden wood is the best and most solid, ordinary canvases are usually mounted on pine (lighter wood with knots, that deforms over time due to changing climatic conditions)" : Maryse Casol.

The Voyage

On June 18, 2020, Maryse Casol writes the text that explains her painting Pays Catalan.

In November 2013, the Google office in Paris contacted Maryse Casol to invite her to be part of their new Google Open Gallery, an online destination, where art fans can discover and see the works by famous artists with a new powerful zoom technology. A month later, the Pays Catalan painting by Maryse Casol was featured at the Google Open Gallery, now known as the Google Arts and Culture Institute.

December 3, 2009 - Bordeaux, France. Pays Catalan is part of 12 Maryse Casol paintings selected to be part of a new digital puzzle games by Philippe Chevalier on, the largest online media for puzzle games! Relax and learn art by playing the new Maryse Casol puzzles!

2004 was a great year! Maryse Casol, after completing her studies in arts in 2003 at l'Académie des Arts et Beaux-Arts de Varennes, publishing her first book for $12,000, building a collection of over 30 paintings, and showing some of them at 3 exhibitions at the Novotel Hotel, Marriott Chateau Champlain Hotel and the Mount Stephen Club, teamed up with her son Mickaël Casol, 1st year student at HEC Montreal, to organize a solo show near the University. The exhibition was a success, with all the community being present at the event, including friends and family, but also top business executives, lawyers, doctors, athletes, professors and the National TV. Why was 2004 great to you?

The painting Pays Catalan was part of this Maryse Casol art exhibition, "Empreintes, effets d'impressions", organized at the Sidev building, located at 5216 Chemin Côte des Neiges in Montréal, Canada, from November 29 to December 12, 2004.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Maryse Casol with her family would spend her summer, and sometimes winter vacations in the small village of Baho in the South of France, located near the Mediterranean sea and Spain.


  • Maryse Casol, Montreal, Canada.


  • Maryse Casol, "Empreintes, effets d'impressions", Sidev Building, 5216 Chemin Côte des Neiges, Montreal, Canada, November 29 - December 12, 2004.


  • , Paris, France. From December 2013 to 2014.
  • Casol puzzles, since 2009,, Bordeaux, France.
  •, since 2004.


Pays Catalan is imbued with chromatic musicalities, forms and rhythms reflecting sensitivity, beauty and femininity, values expressed by the symbolism of its compositional elements.

The Catalan Country, land of immortality, between the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees mountains, volcanoes, winds and sun, nourished by contrasts of the four elements, water, earth, fire and air, principles of life!

Catalan Country evokes the Roussillon Plain, bordered to the west by the Corbières mountain range, to the south by the Albères, and hemmed to the east by the Mediterranean Sea, a region with a powerful and enchanting character, of which I am passionate. True garden of Eden, land of cocagne!

The garden is a symbol of terrestrial Paradise, of the Cosmos and its center, of the celestial Paradise, of the spiritual states related to heavenly stays.

The symbolism of the mountain, by its height, is intellectual and spiritual transcendence. The quest for ascension through knowledge leads to temperance and wisdom. The more the human being acquires wisdom, the more he obtains the elevation of his consciousness, fulfillment and happiness.

The sea is the symbol of the dynamics of life, place of births, transformations and rebirths, image also of the subconscious and its immensity. Among the mystics, the sea symbolizes the world and the human heart, as the seat of passion. The sea is also a symbol of power, with the Greek God Poseidon as it's leader. Therefore, the sea, is a symbol of both men and women, and the infinite power of the Universe.

"Poetry must reflect through colors, sounds and rhythms, all the beauties of the universe" : Mrs. Germaine de Staël.


Red is the colour of passion and the principle of life. Bright red is the image of ardour and beauty, while dark red represents the mystery of life. In Pays Catalan, the vermilion red expresses my exaltation for life, love and the act of painting, while the dark red cadmium translates the mysterious beauty of woman and the life which she gives.

The orange, composed of yellow and red, symbolizes vitality, fertility, and sensuality, but also any form of psychic energy (according to Jung).

Purple and blue-violet are the symbol of temperance and wisdom. Here, in Pays Catalan, the mountains.

The blue symbolizes knowledge and dreams, and as a result, my passion for knowledge and escape through dreams. Blue is the most immaterial of colours. It is the way to the infinite where the real turns into the imaginary. According to Kandinsky, it attracts us to infinity and awakens in us the desire for purity and a thirst for the supernatural. We therefore understand its important metaphysical significance.

Green symbolizes the regeneration and awakening of life. It is the colour of hope, strength, longevity and immortality.

Yellow is the warmest of colours. It symbolizes sacredness, the golden light, and eternity.

Grey is the symbol of mystery and elevation, but also the rebirth of an idea or an emotion. In the artwork, it energizes the colours to enrich them with their greatest intensity. Thanks to grey, the emotional power of the surrounding colours is intensified, magnifying the explosive beauty of emotions! Here in Pays Catalan, grey represents the mystery of life, love and rebirth through the power of the feeling of love.

"The artwork is a lyric poetry reflecting all the beauties of the Being and the universe" : Maryse Casol.


In classical-modern art, the artwork is subject to a composition-rhetoric. There are several forms of compositions, the main ones being 1) the horizontal, 2) the classic diagonal, 3) the frontal diagonal, 4) the pyramidal, 5) the vertical, 6) the narrative, 7) the horizontal narrative, 8) the narrative horizontal and 9) the frontal horizontal, each carrying a deep iconographic sense.

The composition of the artwork shown here, Pays Catalan, is a narrative, made in post-Fauvism.

In a narrative composition, some elements are arranged horizontally at the edge of the painting, in a eurythmy of forms, proportions and colours, expressing harmony, tranquility, serenity and fulfillment, and the other elements, symbolically the main ones, vertically on the skyline, reflecting the perspective of the future, and elevation of consciousness.

Fauvism is an art movement whose evolution spread out only from 1903 to 1910, but which is the substrate of modern art. The word "fauve" is used for the first time by the art critic Louis Vauxcelles, during the Salon d'Automne of 1905 at the Grand Palais in Paris , who exclaimed: "Donatello among the wild beasts!" (with reference to the 2 sculptures in marble by Albert Marquet in Renaissance style, standing among these Fauvist paintings), seeing the works of the painters, in pure and vivid colours on exhibition by Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Kees Van Dongen, Charles Camoin and Jean Puy.

Fauvism expresses the sense of looking at oneself : ontos. (ref. definition of onto: Element, from the Greek ôn, ontos "being". Colour translates into a search for oneself. It is ontocolorism.

Fauvism art deconstructs nature to mould it according to the individuality of the painter. It is symbolized and exalted by colours. The space is combined by the chromatic exaltation and the eradication of perspective.

The eradication of perspective by raising the horizon line in the work is a way of expressing the present time (presentism). The truncation of some elements is a very important parameter, allowing to express the kinetics-temporal (movement in time), and kinetics-light effects (movement of light which becomes the subject). Hence, in the Maryse Casol painting Pays Catalan, the combination of movement, time and light, is the principal subject of the work.

The expressive power is created by the purification of the flat shapes, the exuberance of colour, and the simplicity of large deconstructed spaces.

"Art is transcended only in the synthesis of its simplicity" : Gustave Moreau.

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