#12 Green SanctuaryHistoric Beauty

The blue room

The palette of blues in this beautiful painting from Paul Ranson, and the beautiful plant on a stand witnessing it’s quirky sensuality fueled the inspiration of successful stylist Martyn Thompson. Enjoy his version of this French masterpiece especially created for The Green Gallery________.

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The blue room – Paul Elie Ranson (1864 – 1909)

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The blue room – Paul Elie Ranson (1864 – 1909)

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Paul Ranson

Paul Ranson (March 29, 1864 – February 20, 1909) was a talented French painter and writer. He was approximately 27 years old when he painted The blue Room. Ranson, known for his enthusiasm and wit and for his keen interests in philosophy, nature, theosophy and theatre, tended to favour exotic, symbolic or quasi-religious motifs and subjects observed from nature. He and his wife France hosted Saturday afternoon meetings in their apartment in the

Inspiration

Martyn: “Color and light are my inspiration for everything. The palette of blues in this beautiful painting and it’s quirky sensuality are my starting point. The layers of pattern and texture that twist and turn around the curveacous form of the subject fuel my inspiration. I’ve translated this to my home environment with its more calming sense of light and space. As this is my own bedroom I wanted to place myself in the bed and explore my own physical form.”

“THE GARDEN IS A WONDERFUL MIRROR OF LIFE AND A MESSAGE OF RENEWAL, IT IS THE FACE OF HOPE_______.”
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Plantcast

‘Zuzu plant’ Zamioculcas
Zamiifolia
Gomphrena
Sedum
Hypericum Berry

The face of hope

Martyn: “When I was a little boy in England, I can remember loving the purple pansies that grew in our front garden. Most of my life I have lived in the city and never had the experience of growing flowers. This has changed recently and now I am becoming an avid gardener and I get to witness the wonder of plants all the time. There is nothing you can do to make a plant grow if it doesn’t want to - this is something I love. Plants are entirely their own master and grow wherever they choose. I also love how plants lean into the light - their shape will bend and twist to get the sunlight they need. They disappear from one spot and reappear in another, like magic. The garden is a wonderful mirror of life and a message of renewal, it is the face of hope_______.”

Martyns favourites:

Martyn: “Foxgloves and Delphiniums, hollyhocks and Lupines... all the ‘Elf flowers’.”

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Who is Martyn Thompson?

Martyn Thompson is a photographer and designer based in Soho, New York. A curious nature and a love for the lived environment have shaped Thompson’s photography, and his mastery of natural light imparts a signature painterly quality to his images. The 1990’s saw the development of his idiosyncratic lifestyle photography - illustrating a string of magazine editorials, Ilse Crawfords first book, and his own two beautiful books about interiordesign.

The face of hope

Martyn: “When I was a little boy in England, I can remember loving the purple pansies that grew in our front garden. Most of my life I have lived in the city and never had the experience of growing flowers. This has changed recently and now I am becoming an avid gardener and I get to witness the wonder of plants all the time. There is nothing you can do to make a plant grow if it doesn’t want to - this is something I love. Plants are entirely their own master and grow wherever they choose. I also love how plants lean into the light - their shape will bend and twist to get the sunlight they need. They disappear from one spot and reappear in another, like magic. The garden is a wonderful mirror of life and a message of renewal, it is the face of hope_______.”

Martyns favourites:

Martyn: “Foxgloves and Delphiniums, hollyhocks and Lupines... all the ‘Elf flowers’.”

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Plantcast

‘Zuzu plant’ Zamioculcas
Zamiifolia
Gomphrena
Sedum
Hypericum Berry

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photographs and mise en scene
Martyn Thompson and Brian Reyes

Video
Martyn Thompson and Christian Rocha

Music
Brian Eno and Harold Budd, “Foreshadowed”

Bed linen
Larusi jacquard textiles and Wallcoverings by Martyn Thompson Studio

Hand made ceramics
Dove Drury Hornbuckle