Souvenirs of the Riviera

A compendium of Clarice Smith’s paintings of the South of France, with text by her son, David Bruce Smith.

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About Souvenirs of the Riviera

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.

David Bruce Smith and Clarice Smith have been collaborating for more than 30 years.

David Bruce Smith is the founder of the Grateful American Foundation and co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize. He has also authored 13 books.

Clarice Smith is an internationally renowned artist who has exhibited her paintings all over the world.

Constance J. Milstein and the French-American Cultural Foundation are honored to reinforce the vibrant history of expatriate artists who were inspired by its beauty.


David Bruce Smith
Clarice Smith

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Praise for Souvenirs of the Riviera

Over thirty years ago, NMWA had the privilege of publishing Continuum, the first collaboration between author David Bruce Smith and painter Clarice Smith. I loved this reflection on Venice, and how mother and son worked together to seamlessly capture Clarice’s love for the beautiful city on the lagoon. I always hoped they would create more books like it, so when I saw Souvenirs of the Riviera, I was astonished and delighted. Once again, Clarice’s paintings and David’s choice of texts and excerpts from her letters, have brought her memories and creative spirit touch our souls.

— Susan Fisher Sterling
The Alice West Director, National Museum of Women in the Arts

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.

— Philippe Etienne
Ambassador of France to the United States

Souvenirs of the Riviera is an elegant and beautiful book. It is also poetic and meaningful as the last collaboration between Clarice and David. Clarice’s oil paintings are dramatic and powerful and her watercolors, by contrast, subtle and graceful. They all evoke the elegance of the Riviera. Clarice will be truly missed.

— Alex Nyerges
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The paintings of Clarice Smith are a beautiful testimony to her extraordinary eye, talent, and vision. To travel through France with her is an enlightening and enjoyable and extremely rewarding experience. To have the words of her son, David Bruce Smith, accompanying these beautiful images, which have such a range of techniques and talent is truly an inspiration and a great example of that commitment to art and storytelling that David and Clarice Smith are so well known for. Clarice’s eye is one that the world misses, but we are delighted to have this piece of her talent to share forever.

— Douglas Bradburn, Ph. D.
President & CEO, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Souvenirs of the Riviera is a personal reflection on life’s beautiful moments, a collaboration, and a vibrant appreciation of living in France. As with many successful artistic statements, it leaves one thirsting for more dazzling paintings. The layout echoes Clarice’s sense of design; the cursive notes express both sadness and joy, of times well spent and remembered. There is universality in the words and images that is heartfelt and hopeful.

— Lenore D. Miller
Curator Emerita, George Washington University Museum

Souvenirs of the Riviera is the most recent fruit of a 30-year collaboration between writer David Bruce Smith and the late artist Clarice Smith. Mr. Smith’s poignant and moving text, punctuated by historic and literary references (Mr. Smith’s signature writing style), imparts to Ms. Smith’s vivid and resonant paintings the unique charm of an artistic imagination overlaid with painterly evidence of time and place.

— Louise Mirrer
President, New-York Historical Society

Souvenirs of the Riviera invites readers to share Clarice Smith’s experiences in the South of France, which are successfully executed by her deft use of light, color, form and mood of the people and places she chose to capture.

David Bruce Smith, her son, collaborated with his mother, and provides thoughtful insights. These personal impressions are punctuated by carefully chosen quotes from some of history’s and literature’s greats; a fitting tribute to Clarice, Souvenirs of the Riviera recalls her spirit and tenacity as she reclaimed her joie de vivre through her art.

— Elizabeth von Hassell
Executive Director, The National Sporting Library and Museum Middleburg, Virginia

In this final collaboration of the multi faceted and renowned artist, Clarice Smith, her passions and intentions come alive through the eloquent and sensitive prose of David Smith, her son and author. With her brush and his words, Souvenirs of the Riviera, a treasured memoir has been created.

— Alma Gildenhorn

Souvenirs is a tribute to Clarice Smith and her captivating art. This moving project realized by David Bruce Smith shows how, in translating the beauty of the south of France to the canvas, she addressed grief and found inspiration.

— Dr. Márcia Balisciano
Director, Benjamin Franklin House

An intimate glimpse of a poetic journey expressed with delicacy and strength. In Souvenirs of the Riviera, Clarice Smith’s subtle and restrained color harmonies capture the mood and elegance of a time gone by.

— Katherine Neville

The paintings of Clarice Smith provide an intimate and inspiring art journal that captures timeless scenes along the Riviera and reflections of a life, a love, and a place infused with the light of the Mediterranean Sea.

— Marcee Craighill
Former Director and Curator, The Diplomatic Reception Rooms U.S. Department of State

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