Cecile Ganne

I am a French contemporary landscape artist based in Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up painting with my maternal grandmother in the Dordogne Valley of Southern France, but it was not until I was diagnosed with cancer that I returned to my brushes with renewed vigor. No longer merely a skill to be honed, painting became a way to breathe through my long convalescence.  This newfound sense of mortality created an extreme urgency in my work: the catalyst to explore, learn, and to create daily with childlike curiosity. 

My ephemeral landscapes straddle the line of genre, incorporating and blending various influences, including poetic realism, expressionism, and abstraction. They usher the viewer into the intensity and imminence of the present moment: the “eternal present”, a dimension that encompasses both the moment of artistic creation while honoring the fleetingness of nature and life.  I often paint during the dreamlike, “in-between” moments of the day: moments of waiting. Heavily inspired by Southern France, these vistas are enigmas to be solved and games to delight the mind: an invitation to join me in this quest for serenity that can exist alongside sensuous intensity.

My work is currently represented by Three Stones Gallery in West Concord, and resides in private collections in the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. I also enjoy collaborating with artists at SoWa who exhibit the same playful approach to their creative process. When not painting, you may find me teaching French at Wellesley College, where I am a Lecturer, gardening, or playing tennis with family and friends.

Through her paintings, Cécile lends substance and form to the layers of memory that deposit in our minds, just as sediment shapes geological landforms. Her landscapes, whether experienced, imagined or re-imagined, invite us to dig deep into our own well of memories, whether searching for our roots, seeking to belong, or transmitting our respect to future generations.

Working with oil, cold wax and multimedia, Cécile builds layers upon layers of color, sometimes scratching hues together, accentuating the raw quality of the canvas or wood encircling the enigmatic forms at the core of her paintings, sometimes called “earthly corals”: as grounded as trees, but as fluid as seaweed. Her paintings provide a window of distilled joy, vibrant hope and serenity.

Some have compared her paintings to the later work of Cézanne, who played with perspective by flattening his landscapes, distorting forms, imparting a vibrant sense of movement to his structures and inviting contemplation from multiple angles. Similarly, Cécile abolishes distance to invite the viewer to step into her landscapes through the colorful network of energy that unites the human experience in a single vision.