About this Exhibition

Les arrêts de la vie by Jennifer Jean Costello presents a series of oil and acrylic paintings celebrating Arthur Rimbaud’s prose poem "Départ" from Illuminations, his collection of poems published in 1886. The venerability of this modern poem lends to our departure with the stations of life in search for new noise and passion.

As an artist, Jennifer Jean Costello has been empowered and encouraged by Rimbaud’s intense and dreamlike words and "Je est un autre," another poem of the same poet continues to shape her appreciation for French culture.


"Départ" de Arthur Rimbaud
Assez vu. La vision s’est rencontrée à tous les airs.
Assez eu. Rumeurs des villes, le soir, et au soleil, et toujours.
Assez connu. Les arrêts de la vie. – O Rumeurs et Visions!
Départ dans l’affection et le bruit neufs!
(Illuminations, 1886)

Translation:
"Departure" by Arthur Rimbaud
Enough seen. The vision has been encountered in all skies.
Enough had. Sounds of cities, in the evening, and in sunlight, and always.
Enough known. The stations of life. — O Sounds and Visions!
Departure amid new noise and affection!
(Source: John Ashbery, Illuminations)

About Jennifer Jean Costello

Jennifer Jean Costello attended Syracuse University in addition to receiving her MFA from Boston University. Her strong comprehensive knowledge of the Art Market: Modern and Contemporary Art --with prior extensive knowledge in School of Paris artists, in addition to connoisseurship education in works on paper--lends harmoniously as she is a Principal Online Partner at www.paulaesteygallery.com and the Exhibition Committee Chair for National Association of Women Artists, Inc. MA Chapter.

Jennifer’s oil and acrylic paintings derive inspiration from life around her. Depending on the viewer the paintings evolve and capture the feel of motion, whether human or nature, through color and creative texture. Her works are included in Worcester Polytechnic Institute Collection, Boston College Office of Marketing Communications, Aetna Lighting Corporate Collection, Richard Flood Educational Services LLC and several Private Collections.

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Above: (Nature 5) Seascape. Oil on canvas. 40" x 30". 2015.


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