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January 2017

‘Capturing Women In Their Absolute Femininity (23)

“Know what you want and try to go beyond your own expectations….set a very high goal, one that will be difficult to achieve. Because that is an artist’s mission: to go beyond one’s limits. An artist who desires very little and achieves it has failed in life.”

Paulo Celho, ‘The Spy’
According to the scientific research two-thirds of the population have had déjà experiences. The phenomenon of déjà vu  appears when we find ourselves in a totally new place or talk to a person we never met before and we recognize the scene as ‘familiar’ and ‘known’. The more you look the more something deep inside is telling you that you have already seen the object you’re looking at. Mesmerized from head to toe, swept along by certain forces, you feel endorphines running through your veins, just like you’ve heard a melody or song that you used to listen to over and over again, ages ago.

There is no doubt that ‘déjà vu’ refers also to the visual art. I am sure that many of you have experienced this sensation while seeing a new, moving, exceptionally beautiful artwork for the first time online or in an art gallery, art fair or a museum. There are artworks that speak to you with a familiar voice, making you love them ‘at the first sight’ – as they remind you of somebody or something. The image you look at with a lot of attention takes you down the memory lane, to the place you used to know, can recall – at least from the movies. Mastered by the scene, the mood for a little moment you forget about the rest of the world.

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D.A. Woisard, ‘Seduction #2′, 2007, France, My Web’ Art

The true magic of art lies with the fact that even though the styles, the techniques and themes may reappear in new variations explored by different visual artist, the excitement, the thrill that the viewers experience while confronted with a new artwork – feels like something new, unknown and fascinating. Just like recognizing the notes of a new, fresh and captivating fragrance that surround you when you enter the luxury boutique of Dior in Paris in Galleries Lafayette for the first time.

The feeling I described above I experienced when I’ve seen the photographs by D.A.Woisard for the first time. It happened when I visited on the wonderful online gallery My Web’Art ( that recently has become the Partner of my blog.

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 Woisards work has been described by the legendary photographer Jeanloup Sieff  as ‘retro-contemporary’ which I find very apt – as the work of the artist allows us to travel in time and space in a very convincing and natural way. What chain of events has brought  Woisard into the greatness? In 1983  he became an assistant to Lucien Clergue and made the drawings of his retrospective exhibitions of his 30 years of photographs at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris (1984) and in Rochester (USA 1985).

This is how Clergue commented working with D.A. Woisard: “… I was very pleased with his collaboration and I could also appreciate his human qualities, his punctuality, his discipline in his work and his enthusiasm …”

Being around the great master of photography allowed D.A.Woisard to sharpen his photographer’s eye, to perfect his original perception and to direct his sensitivity towards new creative fields.

In 1984, Woisard presented his black and white work to Helmut Newton, who advised him to leave Marseilles for Paris, Milan, or New York.Encouraged by his master, the artist moved to Paris and worked for the major modeling agencies such as Glamour, Elite and Karin’s.


Helmut Newton, Monica Belucci, Private Collection

Consequently, publications at prestigious magazines such as ‘Photo Reporter’, ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ and commissions (Editions Régine Deforges, Robert Laffont ) sealed his destiny as a photographer.

It was at Bastia in 1994 that he exhibited for the first time Woisards photographs. Then he went on with his first Salon des Artistes Français, where he won the Bronze Medal in 1999, followed by the Silver Medal in 2000 and the Gold Medal in 2001.

Dominique-André Woisard is now an owner of a  medal of honor, a member of the Jury of the French Artists, and a member of the Salon d’Automne. His talents are based on her three favorite themes: Portrait, Landscape (Especially Corsica, land of his ancestors), and of course Woman in his most absolute femininity, like straight out of Billy Wilder or Joseph Mankiewicz movie.


Jeanloup Sieff, Les Dos D’Astrid, Palm Beach, 1964, Private Collection


D.A. Woisard, similarly to his older fellow photographer, Jeanloup Siff developed a style characterized by clean, modern elegance, capturing long bare backs, sumptuous curves, elegant black dresses and ladies lingerie. If I was to describe D. A . Woisarsd in few words, I would call his work a tribute to the absolute feminine beauty, to their grace and divine power. I look at the artwork and feel seduced  aesthetically and empowered at the same time.

But when we are talking about this French artist we cannot forget that there is much  more than the exquisite aesthetics. To me –  if we would like to compare this photographer to any living writer I would choose Paulo Coehlo – and call Woisard  ‘Paulo Coehlo of  B&W photography’. There are few reasons why I see the similarity of the artist work to the bestselling writer, adored by women all over the world.  Both Coehlo and Woisard seem to be deeply inspired, fascinated by the vulnerability, sensitivity of feminine body and spirit. Moreover – they also seem to understand what is femininity all about, what are the most important aspects of it, what makes a woman a divine human being.


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D.A. Woisard, ‘La Robe De Marie’, 2008, France, My Web’Art

Coehlo in his novels, describing beautifully the most ‘private emotions’ of his female characters  allows us to witness a  very true moment of sentiment, retrospection, melancholy, despair or solitude experienced by a woman while reflecting on love, passion and desire. The same technique, but in a visual way is used masterfully  by Woisard. This makes  the photography the greatest illustration to the Coelho’s words.  Or, if you prefer – we could turn it all around – the words by the well-known Brazilian writer, Coelho become the greatest description of the Woisard’s photography.

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D.A. Woisard, Rendez-vous #2, 2006, France,  My Web’Art

 “He’s seeing my soul, my fears, my fragility, my inability to deal with a world which I pretend to master, but  which I know nothing about (…)  At that moment, Maria learned that certain things are lost forever.” 

“Let’s go back to the train station,’ she said. ‘Or, rather, let’s come back to the day when we sat here together for the first time and you recognized that I existed and gave me a gift. That was your first attempt to enter my soul, and you weren’t sure whether or not you were welcome. But, as you say in your story, human beings were once divided and now seek the embrace that will reunite them. That is our instinct. Initial desire is important because it is hidden, forbidden, not permitted. You don’t know whether you are looking at your lost half or not; she doesn’t know either, but something is drawing you together, and you must believe that it is true you are each
other’s “other half” 

Paulo Coelho, ‘Eleven Minutes’


D.A. Woisard, ‘Seduction #1’, 2016, My Web’Art

“I’m not a body with a soul, I’m a soul that has a visible part called the body.” 

“How does light enter a house? If the windows are open. How does light enter a human? If the door of love is open.”

Paulo Coelho, ‘Eleven Minutes’



D.A. Woisard, PARIS VIIÈME, 2012, France, My Web’Art

“It’s really easy being as romantic as people in the movies, don’t you think?” 

“What’s so special about me?” There isn’t anything special
about you, at least, nothing I can put my finger on. And yet and here’s the mystery of life – I can’t think of anything else.” 

 Paulo Coelho, ‘Eleven Minutes’ 


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D.A. Woisard, ‘L’Attente’, 2016, France, ‘My Web’Art’

“I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side.” 

“Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings.”

“Profound desire, true desire is the desire to be close to someone.” 

Paulo Coelho, ‘Eleven minutes’



D.A. Woisard, ‘NU #1’, 2014, France, My Web’Art

“She asks him to touch her, to feel her with his hands, because bodies always understand each other, even when souls do not.” 

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.” 

Paulo Coelho, ‘Eleven Minutes


Serge Lutens, Private Collection

When you look at the photography of that kind you allow yourself to participate in a deep experience that raises the spirit and makes us  appreciate the female beauty more than ever before. One thing is sure, D.A. Woisard is an exceptional artist who desires a lot from his work and knows how to capture the magical moment. If you look carefully you will notice that  his iconic photos speak volumes of their creator and the depth of his soul. The magical art of Dominique inspired me to take my own pictures in his very beautiful, ‘contemporary-retro’ style:


Private collection of the author


D.A. Woisard, ‘Portrait #1′, 2004, France, My Web’ Art

Since soon there is going to be a Valentine’s – the international celebration of love I would like to wish all of my dear readers a lot of faith in art and, of course, plenty of faith in love. At the same time I would like to invite you to visit a Photography Exhibition ‘Femmes Capitales’ organised by my friend Bianca Hutin,  My Web’ Art and Galerie de Thorigny that is going to take place on 31 January in Paris . More information on this event you could find using the below link:

Photography exhibition “Femmes Capitales”

To paraphrase the aforementioned writer Paulo Coelho – we should never forget that art just like love is an act of faith. Its face should always be covered in mystery. It should be experienced with feeling and emotions because if we try to decipher it and understand it, the magic disappears.

P.S. To see more artworks by D.A. Woisard – please visit the Web’Art official website: D.A. Woisard at My Web’Art


‘What If Van Gogh Had Instagram and Hopper Millions Of Facebook Followers? (22)

‘If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced’ Vincent Van Gogh

Just right before New Year’s Eve I decided to take a look at the collection of the books in my little library and pick up the titles that I wanted to add to my personal ‘waiting list’. There is one, particular shelf in my office where books stand in a sort ‘priority queue’. This is where I keep the most important books that I haven’t finished reading yet. ‘Lucas’ by Kevin Brooks  was one of the novels that I started to read last summer and somehow never got to an end of it. When I asked myself, why did I actually buy this book, I realized that it was because of its remarkable and meaningful foreword. It hypnotized me the first time I’ve read it:

‘I don’t know, Dad’ – I sighed – ‘I am not sure I can paint’.

‘Ah now, that’s nonsense. Anyone can paint. (…)

‘But I don’t know all the techniques and styles, you know..’

 ‘Art isn’t about techniques or styles, son. Art is about feelings that you translate into a vision. You’ve got your feelings, haven’t you?’

‘Too many’ – I said.

‘Well, that’s all you need. He puts his hand on mine. ‘You just have to let it out.’

So that’s what I did. And this is it.’

Talking about feelings and  inspiration. When I’ve recently visited a very informative and platform there was one particular article that caught my attention. It was called ‘Adrien Brody on Why It’s Never Too Late to Become an Artist’. Most of us remember this American actor from  films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong (2005), and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011).  I was delighted and truly excited about this good news for the art world and fans of Brody but I can’t say I was really surprised. In fact I could tell by the sparkle in the actors eyes that he was after something. There is no deny that working with the movie directors and the film crew is a team-work. No matter how ‘creative’ acting is – it certainly cannot be compared to the process of creating an artwork as this activity could grant an artist total freedom of expression. And this is why Brody decided to undertake something new. The question is –  how did that happen? Let’s see how explained it:

‘It happened by chance. A friend of Brody’s, a French artist, had promised to paint him a piece. After four years, and a period spent out of touch, they finally settled on a time for the work to be completed. “I built him a large canvas, measured it for the wall,” recalls Brody. “And I bought some additional canvases in case he wanted to do some additional work and play around. I thought I might help him. And so while he was painting, I started painting some stuff too.” Brody’s friend was adamant that the actor had to continue.’

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Adrien Brody  in front of his artwork ‘Dropfish’ at New York, 2016,  David Benrimon Fine Art, New York

And here’s my version.

It was a feeling.

Sometimes, if you don’t follow your feeling, you will have to wait till the rest of your life waiting for your head to explode.

In my opinion the fact that the actor finally begun to create his own artworks – shows that you cannot escape from something that you had crush on for a very long time.

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Adrien Brody creating an artwork, source:

The thing is that if the feeling arrives we just ‘know’. The same way birds know it’s time to migrate or the dogs know the thunderstorm is coming. In times like these – when you experience ‘new calling’ –  you have to act upon it.

If the 43 old  movie star did not take his fame and success for granted and still has had the desire to get down to work and start something new and challenging, this can mean only one thing. Namely, that bad timing, terrible circumstances or different (a non- artistic) professional experience is no excuse. And that proactive approach is something that we need, especially now – while the world is busy with new year’s resolutions’.

Change is an opposite to waiting. Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.


A scene from ‘The Pianist’ by Roman Polansky, 2002

The news on Brody is another sign that that all artistic souls have their own, unmistakable light. In most cases it is just a matter of time that they leave the doubts and eagerly start another chapter of their lives. It is the flame of  inner creativity that cannot be left unnoticed, the desire to learn something new, to ‘let out’, the need to unleash the artistic potential that begins to speak louder than anything else and invites the change.

The recent story of Mr Brody, the Oscar winner for the cinematic masterpiece by Polansky ‘Pianist’, is a great example that  successful career is not something that gives one permission to ‘sit down and relax’.

It is important for me to stress, right here, that making yourself a name as an international artist (known  today as ‘personal branding’) used to be an almost impossible task in the past, having in mind no social media that faster than ever before,  turn the world into a global village. In the past there were no international online art galleries such as, or, let alone the talent search platforms such as that connects artists around the world to art “seekers”. The artist had no chance to  post, tag and promote their work. All they had was their talent and will to work hard.

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Can you imagine what would have happened if Van Gogh could use Instagram on daily basis, sitting alone in his room in Arles? Imagine he had the opportunity to interact with thousands and millions of  his followers and share his work, contact galleries and museums? Can you picture  Monet promoting his water lilies series on Facebook Fanpage, waiting for another like, making selfies –  while playing with his smartphone in Giverny?

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Claude Monet at his gardens, in Giverny, Paris.

But let’s don’t’ get carried away by ‘what if’s’. Here are the facts on some of the  world’s most famous painters of all the times.

The master of American realism, Edward Hopper didn’t sell a painting until his 30s. In fact nobody really noticed his art  until his 40s. After the sale of single painting in his 30s he struggled financially for another 10 years before becoming recognized for his highly unique stylistic features in his paintings of American life.


Edward Hopper Sketching in Paris, 1927. Gelatin Silver print. Frances Mulhall Achilles Library


Edward Hopper, ‘Western Hotel’, 1957,  National Gallery Of Art, Washington, US

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Edward Hopper, ‘Hotel By The Railroad’, 1952, Private Collection

Cezanne, on the other hand, went off to Paris in his early 20s as an enthusiastic young painter to go to art school. He failed the entrance exam for the art school Ecole des Beaux-Arts and was knocked back from the Salon many times. He began working with Camille Pissaro in his 30s, so being around peers helped him develop work, and he gained some small accolades in his 40s. He died reclusive and alone before his work was discovered by an English art critic many decades after his death.




Paul Cézanne, Paul Alexis reading to Émile Zola, 1869-1870, oil on canvas, São Paulo Museum of Art


Paul Cezanne, ‘The Bathers’, 1900, National Gallery, London, UK


Paul Cezanne, ‘Boy in the Red Vest’, 1889 or 1890,  Foundation E.G. Bührle, valued at $91 million

And here comes another icon of Impressionism.After the death of his wife, when he was in his 40s, Monet began to paint in high volumes. He had painted in his 30s, and received small bits of recognition. He didn’t really hit the ground until nearly halfway through his life. After painting “Impressions Sunrise” in his 30s, it took him another decade before he invented and developed his iconic style. It was the artworks created in his ‘old years’ in Giverny, outside of Paris that contributed to his international fame and recognition


Claude Monet, ‘Le bassin aux nymphéas’, Private Collection – Claude Monet, valued at $89.6 million 


Claude Monet, Mother and a child, 1875, Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, MA, US

The beginning of new year is a perfect moment to make a plan, write down the goals and stick to it, weather you’re an artist, a writer, an entrepreneur or a goalkeeper. If your chased by a creative idea or are busy with something –  but aren’t there yet –  do not get discouraged, but try over and over again. You just never know  where the new journey will end. The trick about trying is is that you could wake up one day as a  different, happier, more fulfilled person. This is whom I see now,  whenever I look at Adrien Brody images,  seeing him proudly posing in front of his paintings.

“Are you ready?” Klaus asked finally.
“No,” Sunny answered.
“Me neither,” Violet said, “but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, Let’s go.” 
― Lemony SnicketThe Ersatz Elevator

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