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Ten Impressions of Rose and Sea

Maison du Portugal and Arte Institute are pleased to present a painting exhibition by Isabel Pavão “Ten Impressions of Rose and Sea” - Impressions Series, a dialogue with homonym poems by Nuno Júdice, in Paris - France.

“Ten Impressions of Rose and Sea” is the result of a collaboration between the artist Isabel Pavão and the poet Nuno Júdice. He wrote ten poems in response to the paintings.

Exhibition of the paintings, the launch of the book with the same title by Editions Pagine D’Arte in english, french and portuguese, followed by a reading by Jose Manuel Esteves and a piano concert by Alvaro Teixeira Lopes.


Opening on May 21st at 7pm
Maison du Portugal - André de Gouveia
CIUP, 7 P boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris




10 Impressions _ artist statement 

Impressions series represents the most recent phase of my work, but integrates in it, as usual, intimations of my past work, enduring patterns of inner experience and conceptual processes as a continuous work in progress  being a reflection on the “act of painting”

The process involves structures of conceptual and poetic dimensions, that have been a constant of my work and reflections as an artist.

“Ten Impressions of Rose and Sea” are a collaboration with  poet Nuno Júdice, the title for his poems is the one chosen also for this specific group of paintings.

We agreed as a method that I created 10 paintings and he created 10 poems as a response to my artwork, originating an open ended dialog between poerty and painting, creating new dimensions of meaning and experience.

Visually the main source of inpiration derives from Nature:  roses and sea, referring to my autobiographical sorroundings, the garden, the sea shore and  swimming in the sea.

The visual materiality belonging to this series is intimately related in its conceptual process and representations to  the physicality of repetition/overlaping marks to conjure patterns of new images digitally reworked and reimpressed  on canvas from my own  paintings, and then painted and drawn again showing a interplay of  transition between organic forms, geometric structures and colors.

The naming of Impressions refers to various layers of meanings as well as a working process. There is a display of interpretations of atmospheric/ psychological imprint: I approach the paintings in this series as images/impressions that allude also to particular moods through their shifting complextions, being marks from Memory and Nature.




Support ||
| Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Lingua
| Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense
| Université Paris 8
| Maison du Portugal - André de Gouveia
| Nuit européenne des musées