Water & light
L’Artisan Parfumeur is launching its very first Cologne collection imagined by Fabrice Pellegrin. An aura constituted of subtle touches of colour. A tribute to the masterpieces of Impressionist painters. Hence Au Bord de L’Eau by Claude Monet and Le Déjeuner sur L’Herbe by Edouard Manet are at the source of these two new fragrances.
Au bord de l’eau
Inspired by the signature work of Claude Monet, this perfume uses raw olfactive materials as if they were paint pigments. Like Monet’s masterpiece, we alternate between the apparent realism of the zest of bergamot and lemon- its freshness is mixed with the petals of the bitter orange and the more complex texture nestled below. The artist suggests, without defining, the contours of houses that are reflected in the water. To the hesperidia mist, Fabrice Pellegrin has added rosemary, an identifiable green note, violet and soft musk.
Edouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe provoked a real scandal when seen by art critics in Paris in 1863. Despite Manet’s claims to classical art references, this scene, representing two fully dressed men with a naked woman picnicking in a forest, was considered as obscene by his contemporaries. It’s this raw modernity that carried the perfumer, Fabrice Pellegrin throughout the creation of this Colognes formula. It prompted him to reinvent neroli or rather, the distillation of the orange blossom petal plant, by injecting a saturation of light. He has placed at the heart of the cologne, a solar accord, to which he has added white musk and amber ingredients with an overdose of oxygen which blurs all preconceptions.