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Friday, August 06, 2010

Séraphine de Senlis

I have posted before about Séraphine de Senlis

The 2008 bio-pic about the French artist Séraphine Louis (called simply "Seraphine") brought her art to public attention. Her life was tragic. Her pictures have a dazzling intensity and power. She was motivated by a rather idiosyncratic religious fervour. She was a self-taught painter (beginning only in her forties) in the naïve style

Seraphine was a cleaner and maid from the town of Senlis, north of Paris.

In 1912, Wilhelm Uhde, the German art critic and dealer, spotted a small painting of a bunch of flowers by Seraphine. He befriended her and began a professional association

Sadly Seraphine was eventually confined to an asylum, where she died in 1942, buried in a common grave, forgotten.

A few years ago a plaque was placed nearby. It reads:

"Here Seraphine Louis Mallard (without rival) rests … while waiting for happy resurrection."

Séraphine Louis (1864-1942) (known as Séraphine de Senlis) in the 1920s
From LEXPRESS.fr

Séraphine Louis (1864-1942) (known as Séraphine de Senlis)
Bouquets de mimosas
Oil on canvas
1.45 m x 0.97m
Musée du Vieux Château, Laval

Séraphine Louis (1864-1942) (known as Séraphine de Senlis)
L'arbre du paradis
c.1929
Oil on canvas
1.95m x 1.3m
Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie, Senlis

Séraphine Louis (1864-1942) (known as Séraphine de Senlis)
Arbre rouge
1928
Oil on canvas
1.93m x 1.3m
Musée national d'Art moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Séraphine Louis (1864-1942) (known as Séraphine de Senlis)
Grenades sur fond vert 1927 -30
Oil on canvas
92 cm x 73 cm
Musée international d'Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky, Nice

Séraphine Louis (1864-1942) (known as Séraphine de Senlis)
Arbre
1930
Oil on canvas
1.46m x 1.14m
Kunsthalle, Hamburg