Claude Jouhanneau (France, 1931) is a 20th century abstract painter with more than 1,000 paintings signed and listed. Jouhanneau excelled at a technique that involves mixing sand and oil, which creates dense and heavy paintings with a rough texture. The artist did not shy away from the indoors, and frequently painted elements inside various rooms. In this article, we explore 10 of such paintings.
1. The Dining Room
A warm and cozy dinner setting, with plenty of food on the table. However, with nobody in sight. Perhaps the artist was lonely? Or maybe Jouhanneau preferred solitude?
2. The Cathedral
Jouhanneau went with a monochromatic approach, and added vibrant colors in the center to make the strained glass pop.
3. The Window at Night
Sitting at his table one night, Jouhanneau decided to paint the dark night sky outside his window. Was he staring at something peculiar, or is it just the void?
4. The Kitchen
Who would randomly paint a cupboard and a shelf in their kitchen? Jouhanneau would. It could be that the randomness of the painting is what makes it stand out.
5. The Window at Night II
The night sky seems to resonate with Jouhanneau. In this painting, he portrays another window, from inside another room.
6. The Atelier
What’s fascinating about Jouhanneau’s paintings is that you can see something new or different at every glance. This painting showcases the many tools in his atelier.
7. The Atelier II
Another painting of his chaotic and messy atelier, where all the magic happens.
8. A Painting of Paintings
This painting shows some of his other paintings that actually exist. It’s interesting to see how he portrays them with less detail.
9. The Kitchen II
Another random painting from his kitchen. We will never really know his intentions behind painting his kitchen.
10. The Library
Books, books, books… There is no doubt at this point that Jouhanneau was an introverted artist who sought comfort in homes and indoor activities.