Born in the French capital in 1942, artist and illustrator Francine Van Hove (born Van Nieuwenhove) completed her studies at the Lycée Claude Bernard in 1963. She had her first taste of public recognition with her first exhibition in 1971. She paints gentle, sensuous portraits of women in day-to-day poses.
She always paints with a live model and has a particular mastery of transparent skin tones. Beauty, refinement, sensuality and meditation are the prominent themes of her work. She is inspired by daily life, painting and literature.
As she quotes her self “My main theme is, without a doubt, that intimacy and peace which women know when they are alone, when they enjoy such simple pleasures as reading during breakfast, or losing themselves staring into the eyes of a cat, or just sleeping.”
Enjoy this video montage made up of her paintings accompanied by the song “I want love” by Elton John.