THE GOLDEN SECTION
Astonishing golden section, φ, which is found in the conceptual field of the Euclidian geometry, the proportions of the human body, and in Fibonacci’s study on rabbit’s population (1).
It also appears in the geometry of plants through the pentagon and the number of petals of numerous flowers. He is integrally part of the logarithmic spiral which forms the shell observed in nautiloïds (2).In the human body, the golden section is observed in the ratio between the height of the individual and the distance from navel to ground.
Fibonacci has found the golden section in the number of individuals in rabbit populations growing as
terms of the series of the same name, the ratio of a term to its preceding one tending towards φ.
The golden section is therefore intrinsic to a vast number of natural forms and events. Thus is φ part
of the human feeling of proportion, as being naturally inscribed in the environment, in the geometric harmony and, in the balance of the internal living forces.
All those observations determine the size of most my canvases.
The series of “Spirals” paintings is based on the geometry of the golden rectangle in which the ratio width-length is equal to the golden section φ.The link with Fibonacci series is in all serial paintings.
1. Le nombre d’or. M. Cleyet-Michaud. Que sais-je ? PUF.
Le nombre d’or. M. Neveux- H. Huntley. Editions Seuil. Points sciences.
2. Nautiloïds : family of a very ancient type of cephalopod molluscs, with a spiral shell divided in lodges crossed by a long appendix
All the paintings are oil on canvas.