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Following a harsh winter spell in the Capital, a colourful collection of paintings by mother-daughter duo of Maite Delteil and Maya Burman, beffitingly heralded Spring, the season of birth and renewal. Titled "Celebrating Spring", the exhibition that brings to life nature in its infancy with elements like blooming flowers and lush green trees, is underway at the Taj Mansingh Hotel here. Having grown up in the French countryside, Maite has always been driven by nature, and her love for rural landscapes is evident in her works. "I was brought up in the countryside in France and when I came to Paris, I missed nature. I still miss the landscapes, and that makes me go back and paint nature," she says. Devoid of monochromatic shades of black and white, Maite's paintings are a riot of colours that are in perfect "sync". "I have always used bright colours since they are the essence of nature. It is really important for me to have a sync in the colours that I use on canvas," she says. Her large-size oil on canvas works like 'Music of the World' and 'Paradise of Birds' creates an "idyllscapes of everyday scenes". Her frequent travels to India owing to her marriage to contemporary Indian artist Sakti Burman, perhaps brought her closer to the Indian culture, and has served as an inspiration for her artworks. Reflections of Indian miniatures are often visible in her paintings. "Indian miniatures have always influenced me. They always have a space in my paintings," says Maite. A quintessential Maya Burman work in watercolours or pen and ink, portrays human bodies curved to create landscapes. The 45-year-old artist's 'River In My Garden' and 'The Magician' displayed at the show here, feature characters that are "poetic" and "allegorical". "I believe that joy can be found in the simple elements of nature and the little things of life.
That is the reason I use nature as a major element in my compositions. "For me nature evokes emotion. My representation of nature is symbolic but since our imagination is nothing when compared to nature's infinite imagination, it's a never ending subject," says Maya. Curated by Art Alive Gallery, the show presents the distinct styles of Maite and Maya in synergy with each other, while highligthing the close similarities that their works draw in their respective imaginations of nature. "There is so much synergy between both the artists. It is like two different styles coming together. "In Maite's work larger area is occupied by nature whereas Maya brings the joyous element of humans while showcasing the celebration of life. For her harmony of man and nature creates happiness," says Sunaina Anand, who has curated the show. The show is set to continue till May 15.