Versailles Palace from a decorative painter’s eye: Faux Marble

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-5

I absolutely love the execution of this faux marble!  On this wainscot, Red and Mixed Campan form a dazzling composition.  A very assured and technical panel.   Notice the color shift from pink to burgundy – and the pink transition off the green.  Painted in the mid 19th c in oil.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-5a

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-5b

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-5c

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-3

Green Antique breccia mantle – painted over real marble, probably for decorative reasons.   Done in oil.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-7

Aleppo breccia from Syria- similar to Green antique with its angulated breccia.  The mantle is real – very effective match.  Done in oil.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-8

Louis Philippe staircase, hand-painted Green Campan.  Notice how every single fragment is painted with a brush instead of using turpentine to open up.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-9

It’s not my style to paint with such detail, but I really admire the work

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-13

This beautiful breccia Africana is a fantastic achievement. Notice that the oil has yellowed considerably.   Also, notice how the stile is being painted in counter linear for more effect.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-13a

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-10

This 19th c Rouge Royal pedestal is extremely well-painted,  matching very closely to the wainscot in the background.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-11

I hate to criticize, but this is not a successful faux marble.  I can tell it has been done fairly recently.  See the rough fissures that are placed badly and too transparent.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-15

This Rouge Royal column is part of a trompe l’oeil mural.  I love 2 things about this pillar.  First, the bluish glow on the highlight gives off a high polished look. Secondly, the bronze base is super successful with its dramatic reflective light.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-1

Rouge Languedoc done in one shot using oil paint (chalky flat) and turpentine.  A very theatrical interpretation.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-14

Theatrical oil great Rouge Languedoc window seat done in one shot.  Very effective.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-20

Close up on a Rouge Languedoc baseboard in oil.  The twisters (white part) are painted on top of the red.  This is very effective.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-21

White Carrera in between gilded paneling.  The veining is superb.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-22

From the Louis Philippe staircase

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-16

I was hooked up with private access to one of apartments on the grounds.  On the next 3 images, you will see classic 18th century faux marble done in casein-based paint.  Notice that the veining is more theatrical and less refined. Due to the medium, the isn’t any overglazing.

Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-real-ornament-17

 Pierre-Finkelstein-Versailles-Palace-faux-marble-19

 

 

Be Sociable, Share!

Comments

  1. Thank you Pierre for sharing the trip to Versailles. If I had looked at these before your class I would not have the appreciation for the technique that I do now. Thank you so much for all the knowledge and experience you have shared with me.

  2. enjoyed that thoroughly, thank you!

  3. Thank you so much for this. I was hoping to get there for the workshop. Still catching up from a broken foot last year…I hope to make it one day.

Speak Your Mind

*