1. La Virginité. 2011. Oil on panel. 70x60cm.

2. La Pudeur. 2011. Oil on linen. 80x50cm.

3. L’ardeur. 2011. Oil on canvas. 70x50cm.

4. La Fidélité. 2012. Oil on canvas. 60x50cm.

5. La Persévérance. 2012. Oil on canvas. 80x50cm.

6. La Langueur. 2012. Oil on canvas. 50s70cm.

7. La Coquéterie. 2012. Oil on canvas. 70x50cm.

8. L’esperance. 2012. Oil on canvas. 58x78cm.

9. Les Vieux Galants et les Trésorieres Suranées. 2012. Oil on canvas. 78x90cm.

10. Les coucous bénévoles. 2013. Oil on canvas. 78x58cm.

11. La Jalousie Taciturne. 2013. Oil on canvas. 70x50cm.

12. La Frénésie ou la Désespoir. 2013. Oil on canvas. 35x70cm.


“Les Folies Françoises” is the title of a set of variations for harpsichord, published by François Couperin in 1722. There are twelve short movements composed over a bass, and Couperin provides elaborate “stage directions” that suggest he envisioned them almost as scenes from the theater, perhaps a farce about the “follies” of love. I thought I would paint them using my own modern-day associations to Couperin’s titles and descriptions.