Lauragais Color

In spring, when the winter sky finally gives way to a clear blue sky covered with a few clouds, some Lauragais hills adorn themselves with a glittering yellow clothing with lush green stitching. Reminiscence of yesteryear, evocation of a past era, of a fallen reign - that of the pastel, cultivated on a large scale in the Midi-Toulousain under the Renaissance. This plant, recognizable by the lemony brillance of its flowers, produces a remarkable blue : the famous pastel blue, a natural pigment of exceptional quality obtained from the processing of its leaves. A pigment used in dyeing and painting whose marketing made the fortune of pasteliers and traders in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and gave rise to the erection of sumptuous private mansions endowed with splendid inner courtyards, such as the Hotel d'Assezat and the Hotel de Bernuy in Toulouse, the Hotel de Reynes at Albi. Of this economical and cultural golden age remains the designation then attributed to the region : « Pays de Cocagne », blessed land where life is enjoyable.


Lauragais Color

Information relating to this photography:
  • Photographic conditions : Sigma DP3 Quattro + HOYA PRO ND 16 - F/8 - 1/40 sec - ISO 100
  • Development tool of the photograph : SIGMA Photo Pro 6.3.3
  • Optimization of displaying colors on screen : Firefox 30.0 + Module Color Management 0.5.3
Keywords : cultivation of pastel, natural pigment, Renaissance, Pays de Cocagne, Lauragais, Tarn

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This photography is available as a postcard :
The culture of pastel in Lauragais



Original photo

Format : 10 cm x 21 cm

EAN : 3701147000027

Price per unit : 2,50 euros



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This photograph gave rise to the creation of a work of art entitled « Pastels sous la neige » which is part of the « Contours » collection of the gallery dedicated to PhotoGraphism. This work of art appears as a tableau printed on a Forex plate (Fine Art printing on white PVC, 5 mm thick, matt finish) embedded in a black wooden Artbox frame. Only ten copies of this work are marketed internationally. A certificate of authenticity accompanies each tableau.

Pastels under the snow

Size : 30 cm x 80 cm - Printing support : Forex 5 mm - Black Artbox frame - EAN : 3701147001000

Price : 250 euros

Delivery time : 15 days - Delivery costs : 20 euros







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This photograph and the corresponding work of art are published in a 50-page booklet entitled « PhotoGraphism: a new artistic language » designed for the purposes of the exhibition « PhotoGraphism: a fresh perspective » organized at the Dominique C. Gallery of the castle of Auriac sur Vendinelle (France) from the 17th May to the 17th June 2019. It gathers all the 24 works of art on display as well as the photographs from which they originate, one facing the other. This booklet written in French is available for 45 euros.


PhotoGraphisme     PhotoGraphisme

Size: 21 cm x 29,7 cm - Cover: Satin coated paper 350g - Glued square back

Sheets: satin coated paper 150g - Printing: Quadrichromy - EAN : 3701147001246

Price : 45 euros

Delivery time : 7 days - Delivery costs : 10 euros






Text on the back cover : « In their studio nestled in the heart of the Lauragais, between hills and valleys, Karine Gadré and Monique Samson meet their scientific and artistic views of the landscapes they have photographed. At heart, they have criss-crossed the Lauragais area, in the Occitanie region, and created a new artistic language called PhotoGraphism, which offers a renewed vision of our environment: three-dimensional, animated and poetic at the same time. This is followed by the creation of works of art structured in linear networks, modular grids and other undulating deformations, which, we hope, will propel the reader into an imaginary world that is at once luminous, dynamic and aerial, far from the reality photographed, yet everywhere present. »

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