The Secret Garden: An Artist's Atelier in France
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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 . Above: Basler's home is a former schoolhouse. Above: Basler at work in her studio. Above: Basler creates her daily floral arrangements from her own gardens. Above: Basler at work. Above: Tools of the trade. Above: Basler's library, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Above: A work by Basler hangs in the library. Above: In the dining room, a mantel is painted an unexpected shade of green. Above: A row of Ikea Maskros pendants. 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. Above: Flowers everywhere. For more inspiration, visit House Call: Artist's House in France .