December 29, 2008

Frédéric Séron, Sculpture garden

pictures are screenshots from a 1954 tv program 
(see documentation)

In the 1950's in artistic cicrles in France, especially among the surrealists, interest arose in creations made by art brut artists as they were labelled these days.

Séron was one of them.

Life and works

Frédéric Séron (1878-1959), who lived in the small community of le Pressoir-Prompt, Essonne, south of Paris, was a baker by profession.

In his dreams he saw images that he wanted to reproduce in reality, so he began making sculptures, he installed in the garden around his house.

Inside these sculptures he put newspapers of the day, documents and a little box, as he said "to give these statues a soul". All together Séron has made some 90 sculptures.

As said, Séron's work has become known in the 1940's in french art circles, especially by the surrealists.

In 1958 André Breton and Jean Cocteau have paid him visits (cf le Poignard Subtil, 14-11-2009) and Gilles Ehrmann has portrayed him in his famous photobook Les inspirés et leurs demeures (1960)

Séron also made paintings in a naïve style.

In the 1980's this art environment was completely demolished, because the house had to be removed to construct the N7 main road.

The paintings and the sculptures have disappeared (demolished? stored somewhere?).

* In 1954 Séron has been interviewed by french tv; the recording, 8', nowadays is in the INA archive

* Weblog Art-Maniac (in french) has a number of pictures by Gilles Ehrmann

Frédéric Séron
(formerly) le Pressoir-Prompt, France
site demolished

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