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MAY-JUN 2018

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famously precise technique. Her botanical workshop has a magical atmosphere that feels suspended in time. Rooms are cozy, ancient fireplaces warm them when days are cold and rainy, and the view of the green, lush garden all around inspires and relaxes the soul. "The large windows allow the sunlight to filter diffusely, while exposure to the northeast is ideal for painting," says Saalburg. "In the workshop, every thing has to be in tune—the harmony of colors, the beauty of light, the bareness of working materials. Everything contributes to create what I call the spirit of the place." Students appreciate the contemplative nature of the classes and the chance to engage in the infinite nuances of nature. There's no stress or urgency in the studio and no laptops around that might break the spell of the meticulous painting. The atmosphere is enhanced by the proximity of an extensive vegetable garden laid out in typical French style. Structured with hornbeams and fruit trees, it has a cutting garden on one side and fruits and vegetables on the other, off of a main axis. Such abundant flora provides a constant source of inspiration for Saalburg and her students. "Watching nature, understand ing the plant, highlighting its beauty and its particularity, those are the stakes of my teaching," she says. In the workshop, everything has to be in tune—the harmony of colors, the beauty of light, the bareness of working materials. Everything contributes to create what I call the spirit of the place. –BÉATRICE SAALBURG For more information, see Sources, page 84

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