Born in 1942, she lives and works in Paris.
Francine Van Hove paints the animal grace of young women. The models she employs participate in the research of poses that they must hold for hours. Preparatory drawing sessions enable the painter to capture the casual gesture as well as its graphic and sculptural qualities.
Under an apparent simplicity, her everyday life scenes keep a kind of mystery. In a safe place, unconscious or unconcerned by their own beauty, young girls let themselves go to laziness or immobile pleasures: reading, having tea, daydreaming or sleeping. Sometimes pensive sometimes melancholic, they forbid us the access to their interiority and the painting stays in a way elusive. Her oeuvre reflects a feeling of incommunicability and a saving loneliness, as a retreat deliberately chosen against the unrest of the world.
Influenced by the Greek statuary, the Flemish painting and the Italian Renaissance, her refined work is a perpetuation of a classical tradition of painting: it brings again a sensation of wonder with the precision of play of light, the rendering of material and the richness of details.
Selected recent solo and group exhibitions
2014 Lectures interrompues, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2010 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal
2007 Autour d'Elles, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2005 Géantes, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris
2000 Villa Beatrix Enea, Mairie d'Anglet