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Painter Elisabeth Eliora Bousquet finds inspiration for her paintings in nature (especially the elements 'air' and 'water'), romantic poetry, existentialist philosophy, books on mythology and ancient civilizations and also classical and jazz music. Stylized bird feathers and sailboats are featured in many of her paintings, as they represent the Artist's dearest concept: FREEDOM. This concept is associated with a spiritual quest, a permanent wonder at the beauty and mystery of our world. Be it totally abstract or semi-figurative, Elisabeth Eliora Bousquet's painting seeks to lead the viewer to see beyond things.

"Painting is the unchanging mirror of all  that is most beautiful in the universe"
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, aka Ylipe

I like observing nature, people and all things that surround me ; despite the passing of time, everything remains a source of wonder and emotion for me. Always craving for new things to learn about or discover, I wish I were born during the Italian Renaissance, a "magical" period where everything was possible...

My main sources of inspiration are :


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  • The sky;
  • Birds, whose stylised feathers dress most of my paintings in the collection "Evanescence". Birds have always been fascinating me for their beauty, but above all the symbolism related to them. If I had to keep only two books, it would be : "The Conference of Birds" by Farid-ud-Din'Attar and "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach;
  • The Sea: waves, sailings boats, coral reefs


Painter Eliora Bousquet in the Oriental parc of Maulévrier in Anjou, France

I particularly like :

  • Asian Art and above all japanese gardens;
  • the curves and scrolls of arabic calligraphy, even though I do not have the chance to understand their meaning beyond the strong emotions experienced.


Music is essential to my creative process. I'm particularly fond of:

  • Classical Music:
    • Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gioachino Rossini, Frédéric Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Tomaso Albinoni, Felix Mendelssohn,...
    • Isaac Stern, Anne Gastinel,, Sarah Chang, Itzhak Perlman, Claire Oppert, Hélène Grimaud, Katrin Scholz, Nigel Kennedy, Glen Gould, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Frank Braley, Krystian Zimerman, Yundi Li,...
    • Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Roberto Alagna,....
  • Jazz, Blues and Soul:
    • Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Nathalie Cole, Nat King Cole,...
    • Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Emilia, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Molly Johnson, Stacey Kent, Melody Gardot, Madeleine Peyroux, Sara Lazarus, Lisa Ekdahl, Youn Sun Nah, Sophie Milman, Jane Monheit, Caecilie Norby, Renee Olstead, Jan Eisen, Fredrika Stahl, Susan Werner, Lizz Wright, Ruthie Foster, Amy Winehouse, Ruthie Foster, Nikki Yanofsky, Patti Austin, Eela Henderson, Lillie Mc Cloud, Diana Panton, Olivia Ong, Rebecca Binnendyk, Patti Austin, Lucy Thomas,...



  • Romantic poetry, which particularly appeals to me because of its vibrant tribute to the beauty of nature and to simple things, of the passionate feelings it conveys, often half-way between hope and despair, of the existential issues it raises through the use of metaphors and surrealist images (Alphonse de Lamartine, Charles Baudelaire, Théodore de Banville, Paul Verlaine, Victor Hugo, William Wordsworth, John Keats, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley,…), persian poetry (Farid-ud-Din'Attar, Khalil Gibran,...) and also Pablo Neruda's poems ;
  • Books concerned with astronomy : despite not being a scientist, I have a fascination for nebulae and constellations, the cosmos in general, and a true passion for works by Hubert Reeves, Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Gregory Benford, Michio Kaku and André Brahic on these topics ;
  • Books concerned with symbolism, philosophy, spirituality, mythology and ancient civilisations, as well as with the origins of humanity (Yves Coppens, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Joël de Rosnay, Pascal Pick, Erick Seinandre, Richard Leakey,...) ;
  • Sci-Fi and futurist novels particularly by Jules Verne, legends and extra-ordinary stories by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, novels by Bernard Werber, Denis Guedj, Aldous Huxley (Brave New World,...), George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm,...) ;
  • Spiritual novels like those of Daniel Meurois, metaphorical and philosophical stories by Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull), and also most of Oscar Wilde's novels (particularly The Picture of Dorian Gray)...


You will find below a non-exhaustive list of books whose genre has been nourishing my inspiration, imagination and creativity for years. These works constitute a large part of my sources of inspiration, when I explain 'the story behind my paintings' on my website and/or social networks:

Literature (poetry, quotes, tales and novels):

  • Baudelaire: Poems of 1857 - John E. Tidball & Charles Baudelaire
  • English Romantic Poetry - Stanley Appelbaum
  • English Romantic Poets - Jonathan Bate
  • English Victorian Poetry: An Anthology - Paul Negri
  • Introduction to french poetry - Collectif
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition - Richard Bach
  • Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
  • Poems - Victor Hugo
  • Six French Poets of the Nineteenth Century - A. M. Blackmore & E. H. Blackmore
  • The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  • The Anchor Anthology of French Poetry: From Nerval to Valery - Angel Flores
  • The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century English Poetry - Neil Corcoran
  • The Collected Poems of Lord Byron - Lord Byron
  • The Complete Poems of John Keats - John Keats
  • The Conference of the Birds - Farid ud-Din Attar
  • The Essential Kahlil Gibran Collection - Kahlil Gibran
  • The Flowers of Evil - Charles Baudelaire & Ryan Barnes
  • The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry - Jonathan Wordsworth
  • The Works of William Wordsworth - William Wordsworth
  • Wordsworth: Poems - William Wordsworth & Peter Washington

Symbols, mythology, legends, cultures and civilizations:

  • A Dictionary of Symbols - Juan Eduardo Cirlot
  • Classical Mythology A to Z - Annette Giesecke
  • Color Symbolism: Six Excerpts from the Eranos Yearbook 1972 - Ernst Benz & Adolf Portmann
  • Color Symbolism: The Eranos Yearbook - Klaus Ottman
  • Color Symbolism: Understanding the influence of colors, meaning and its symbols - Nicholas Abram
  • Complete Guide to Dream Interpretation - Marsha Trimble Dunstan 
  • Dictionary of All Scriptures and Myths - G a Gaskell
  • DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Civilizations: Discover the Golden Ages of History, from Ancient Egypt and Greece to Mighty - Joseph Fullman
  • DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Egypt - DK
  • DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Greece - DK
  • DK Eyewitness Books: Aztec, Inca & MayA - DK
  • DK Eyewitness Books: Mesopotamia: Discover the Cradle of Civilization - John Farndon & Philip Steele
  • Dreams Symbols Dictionary - ASR Martins
  • Enuma Elish: The Babylonian Creation Epic + 'Atrahasis', the first Great Flood myth - Timothy J. Stephany
  • Greek and Roman Mythology: An Image Archive for Artists and Designers - Kale James
  • Greek Mythology - Liv Albert
  • Illustrated Dictionary of Dream Symbols - Dr Joe Ibojie Dr
  • Man and His Symbols - Carl G. Jung
  • Meta-Narratives: Essays on Philosophy and Symbolism - Jay Dyer
  • Modern Mythology - Andrew Lang
  • Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others - Dalley
  • Norse Mythology: 3 in 1: An Epic Journey to Discover the Secrets of the Norse Lands - Gunnar Hlynsson
  • Slavic Mythology - Trident Books & Aruna Mapalagamage
  • Slavic Traditions & Mythology - Stefan Cvetković
  • The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History - S. Theresa Dietz
  • The Illustrated A-Z of Classic Mythology: The Legends of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Norse and Celtic Worlds - Arthur Cotterell
  • The Language of Creation: Cosmic Symbolism in Genesis: A Commentary - Matthieu Pageau
  • The Little Book of Symbols - Christine Barrely
  • The Mythology Book: Big Ideas Simply - DK
  • The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols - Alain Gheerbrant, Jean Chevalier & John Buchanan-Brown
  • The Science of Fairy Tales: An Inquiry into Fairy Mythology - Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • The Symbolism of Color - Faber Birren
  • Treasury of Egyptian Mythology - Donna Napoli
  • Treasury of Greek Mythology - Donna Napoli

Spirituality and philosophy:

  • Metaphysical Bible Dictionary - Charles Fillmore
  • The Bible Based Dictionary Of Prophetic Symbols - Joe Ibojie
  • The Complete Confucius - Confucius & Nicholas Tamblyn
  • The Holy Bible: English Standard Version
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead - Padmasambhava

The Universe:

  • A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
  • Cosmos - Carl Sagan
  • The Planets - Professor Brian Cox & Andrew Cohen
  • The Universe - Andrew Cohen
  • The Universe In A Nutshell - Stephen Hawking
  • Unlocking the Universe - Stephen Hawking

All my collections
Aqualchemy • Celestial Visions • Chromatic FantasiaeCosmosis • Evanescence Naturessences  Poetic Fictions • Renaissance • Sea-Mulations Copyrights

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