• The Lodge

    Via Nilo by Philippe Borderieux

An invitation to travel. A subtle lodge, in the colours of water and shades of sky painted by Philippe
Borderieux during his descent from the Nile. A work composed of 20 paintings to read in the sense
you choose. A swan comes to land on a wall sometimes at night, a sleeper may also accompany you
in your dreams… Here you enjoy the whole universe of the painter, and even one of his first
sculptures. The discreet decoration, of thyme green velvet and golden brass, offers you physical and
mental comfort for a unique experience.

An invitation to travel. A subtle lodge, in the colours of water and shades of sky painted by Philippe
Borderieux during his descent from the Nile. A work composed of 20 paintings to read in the sense
you choose. A swan comes to land on a wall sometimes at night, a sleeper may also accompany you
in your dreams… Here you enjoy the whole universe of the painter, and even one of his first
sculptures. The discreet decoration, of thyme green velvet and golden brass, offers you physical and
mental comfort for a unique experience.

Interview

Philippe Borderieux

Plastic Artist

Tell us what motivated you to join this project, how did you draw inspiration from the space and the nature around it ?

Nature has always been present in my life and in my pictorial work. Whether in my "burned gardens" or in my last canvases of forest, I have always loved and lived nature. So this project necessarily involves me and speaks to me. As I live and work in the heart of Paris, the idea of offering - to demanding people like me when it comes to their comfort and pleasure - a real setting to rest in the heart of nature... great! then inevitably I was convinced from the first contact with this lodge in the heart of the forest and am very impatient to go and spend weekends on the spot !

How did you chose the work of art that dress the Lodge ?

I chose with Anne-Caroline the works that spoke to her and told a story. I wanted to offer a journey through these paintings. A journey to the land of the subtle colours of the Nile and its shores, a journey to the land of nuances as one can experience by looking at the colours of nature present through the immense windows of this lodge. A journey in light too. A multitude of canvases that compose a work around a common trunk that is the Nile in which flows water, vital ..., as a multitude of leaves that compose a tree around a trunk, in which circulates sap, vital ...

Biography

A multitude of canvases that compose a work around a common trunk that is the Nile in which flows water, vital ..., as a multitude of leaves that compose a tree around a trunk, in which circulates sap, vital ...

Philippe Borderieux is a visual artist, born in 1952 in Bourges. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale
de Cachan, and teaches from the beginning of his career as a painter at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de
Caen.Nature is at the heart of Borderieux’s work; it offers the artist a wide repertoire of signs that
form the basis of a universal and elementary system of shapes and colours,” recalls Jean-François
Mozziconacci (Chief Heritage Officer). Through the use of various mediums – painting, drawing and
ceramics -, which he considers to be complementary, Philippe Borderieux restores the atmosphere of
the garden, in an impetus of freshness and fruitfulness. In a confined and reassuring space, it
expresses, through biffurs and overlappings, the abundance of nature and its constant renewal. He
thus reveals buried memories of the banks of the Loire, the place of his childhood. In this way a
whole set of emotions and daydreams develop, in a tamed nature, echoing the myths of the
enchanted island. In a sense, its point of view responds to a genuine archaeological approach, since
he transcribed the image of a charred nature, as a reminiscence of his childhood. His work then
becomes a true «conservatory of emotions». He writes quite rightly: «I have transformed the
landscapes of my life into an herbarium of the before world in the workshop». His interest in faded
flowers is a perfect illustration of this; he confides himself “it is what I no longer look at that I like”.
His artistic approach reveals a great deal of spontaneity in the representation of this plant universe.
He made several paintings in a row, in an almost frantic movement, a handful of lead pencils, which
he let go freely. He talks about, more than he does, a reality. He talks about “exhaustion sessions”,
which he justifies by the instinctive force that invades him when he is at work.

Philippe, if you were ...

  • A forest of the world :

    the forest of Tronçais

  • A tree :

    a birch

  • Part of this tree :

    its white bark

  • A forest dweller :

    the hermit

  • A season :

    Spring

  • A mushroom :

    an edible mushroom is better! ... a sheep’s foot

  • A wind :

    Trade winds

  • A smell :

    the smell jasmin