“For more than two centuries, France and America have shared not only a robust democratic ideal, but also a mutual cultural attraction. The mutual influence of our two countries’ art, music, cuisine, and fashion can be traced throughout our respective histories.
“Clarice Smith’s paintings are another vibrant chapter in that continuous exchange. Souvenirs of the Riviera visually transports us to that region of France legendary for its unique quality of light – a luminosity that has for generations been a beacon to artists, photographers, and fashion designers.
“Technically accomplished and invitingly accessible, her work immerses the viewer in a realm suffused by vivid colors and glowing terrains, everyday activities and elegant encounters. I am certain you will enjoy Clarice’s imaginative, moving and reflective journey to one of France’s most famous and beautiful destinations. Souvenirs of the Riviera is a splendid collection of compositions that can be returned to again and again, as we join in her spirited appreciation of the eternally alluring Côte d’Azur.”
Ambassador of France to the United States
Souvenirs of the Riviera is a compendium of Clarice Smith’s paintings of the South of France, with text by her son, David Bruce Smith.
Suddenly a widow, an artist returns to the South of France, to see if she can still paint, and reclaim the joy of her former life.