There will be about twenty four paintings in the exhibition, depicting boats she has loved, by Danish artist Susanne Fournais Grube. On her many travels around the world, she almost prefers the voyage and the vessel that brought her safely ashore to the destination itself.
Geoffrey Hughes, Director of the Osborne Studio Gallery, was attracted by a quality in her art which he describes as ‘charming naivety’. Each boat is painted as an individual portrait of a vessel, either for beautiful lines or as a piece of ‘glorious history.’ Susanne’s skilful draughtsmanship and sensitive understanding of the boats of her choice, or commissions, were recognised by the title ‘Official Belgian Marine Painter’ in 2004. There are twenty in Belgium, about forty in France, allowed to sign their work with an anchor. Once a year they exhibit their work at the superb Musée de la Marine in Paris.
Susanne Fournais Grube is married to the Danish Ambassador at the Court of St James’s. She lives in a house built and furnished by Arne Jacobsen, one of the most important modernist architects and designers of the 20th century, combining her diplomatic responsibilities with life as an artist, true to her distinctive, original vision.
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