La maison d’Élysée | Elisha’s house

André Clouâtre, Maison d'Élysée, Acrylique sur toile, 36'' x 36'', 2013
André Clouâtre, Maison d’Élysée, Acrylique sur toile, 36” x 36”, 2013

Un vieux cultivateur, nommé Élysée, me demande de peindre tout en blanc l’intérieur de sa maison ancestrale. J’accepte après hésitation, car Élysée est acrimonieux. Je peins la cuisine, lambrissée de planchettes de dimensions irrégulières. Faut-il peindre le vieux buffet au vernis abîmé qui sépare la cuisine du salon? Et puis, ce salon est immense. Le peindre est au-dessus de mes forces. Je décide d’abandonner. (…)
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An old farmer, named Elisha, asks me to paint in white the interior of his ancestral house. I accept with reserve, because the man is acrimonious. I paint the kitchen, a room paneled with thin wood planks of various dimensions. Do I have to paint the sideboard with a damaged varnished, which is used as a separation between the kitchen and the living-room? And this living-room is immense. It’s beyond my capacity. (…)

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