PORTES OUVERTES: CAILHAU – Part 1

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Over eight years ago when I was in my early days of the hunt for a house to call home, I briefly visited the village of Cailhau. The house I had been taken to see required more work than I was looking to do but the village seemed to have much to be proud of. However, I should have explored more as there are treasures to behold. The artist community is thriving there and I have finally made it to one of their events. I may have to return soon.

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I followed the path and found the first gallery of my journey. “La Bohème”, While I managed to snap a few photos, it was lunchtime and being France, it was closing until late afternoon. Happily I have a few pieces to show from here. There is much more information available on the artists collective if you visit their blog, artcailhau.blogspot.com or if you are on Facebook you can visit at facebook.com/cailhauartistes  

Artists of Cailhau carry on in the illustrious footsteps of a great artist who lived in the village and whose family still do. The group of artists that reside there are continuing the path of the earliest well known artist from Cailhau. Archille Laugé (1861-1944) moved to Cailhau in his youth with his parents. Despite his father’s wishes that he study Pharmacy in Toulouse in 1878, he followed his heart enrolling at the Beaux-Arts where he met the artist Bourdelle. At Beaux-Arts he came in contact with artists Alexandre Cabanal (1823-1889),  Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921), and Aristide Maillot (1861-1944) and the two were to become lifelong friends. He made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1884 with a depiction of his friend Bourdelle. 

Four years later, he left Paris and returned to Cailhau. He made many friends among the locals. During his time in Paris he adopted the divisionist touch of the Neo-Impressionists under the influence of Georges Seurat (1859-1891), he also had a high regard for the works of both Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) and Paul Signac (1863-1935).

 

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Archille Laughé: Reproduction’s available in Cailhau

Laugé’s paintings and compositions reflect the harsh sunlight so prevalent in the south. Like a number of his contemporaries whose work followed a similar vein, Henri-Edmond Cross ( 1856-1910), Henri Martin (1860-1943) he too was drawn further south continuing to work in and around the area of Collioure.  Collioure, the beachside village that charmed Picasso, van Gogh, Cézanne and many more continues to inspire artists and is a must if you are in the south of France.

In 1894 three of his paintings were exhibited at the Salon des Independants, additionally,  a number of works at an exhibition which included Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Paul Sérusier (1863-1927), Henri de Toulouse -Lautrec (1864-1901) and Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) in Toulouse. There is much more about the artist available online. Today his great-granddaughter continues to live in Cailhau.

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La Bohème Gallérie

 

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Christine D.

Christine’s creations are available at her Atelier/Boutique located in the centre of the village or you can email her directly at christine.daunis@orange.fr Additionally there is the Art Collective site as listed in the beginning of this post.

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Atelier Du Verrier

Bijoux by Matthew/Objet d’art by Matthew 

These pieces were on display at the foyer. However, we shall get to his private gallery but most likely in a later post.

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Vincent Langlard

You can find Vincent on the Art Collective site and at his private site http://www.vlang.net

There is more of his work in a future post.

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Anne de Vylder

More of Anne’s work can be viewed on her site or by visiting Atelier Al Trial.

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Le jardin de Jürgen
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Le jardin de Jürgen
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Les Sculptures de Jürgen
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Les Sculptures de Jürgen
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Les Sculptures de Jürgen
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Le sculpture de Jürgen 
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Le sculpture de Jürgen 
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Le jardin et maison de Jürgen 

While Jürgen Engels passed on in January, his wife has graciously made their garden and some of Jürgen’s work available for us to see. While some of his work is still for sale, I did not find contact information. If you are interested I would contact the collective site or one of the other artists. 

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Atelier Al Trial
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Atelier Al Trial

There is more to see and inspire at Atelier Al Trial in a future post. 

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Mireille Fourmont

You can find Mireille’s work at Atelier Al Trial, on the main website for the collective or her own personal site: http://www.mireillefourmont.fr

Unfortunately, not all artists had contact information available and I was referred to the collective site. I have been on the site a few times trying to identify some of the work. Alas some of the individual sites are temporarily down. Hopefully that will soon be rectified. 

In my experience, these art exhibits have something for everyone. I do hope you found something that appealed to you or perhaps some inspiration?

Bisous,

Léa

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Infr’Action – Performance Arts Festival

 

Artist demonstrating against testing on animals by cosmetic firm
Artist demonstrating against testing on animals by cosmetic firm

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Infr’Action made it debut in 2005. It is the leading performance art event in France. The primary goal is to develop the performance art scene in France. In addition support is available for those who desire to participate. The public is treated with a nudge to the imagination as a parade of artists stimulate your concept of what is possible in the world of art.

The young artist in the first two photos is making a statement regarding the practices of a chain of shops that make and sell beauty products.

You are invited to an experience that you will not forget and the public is invited and encouraged to interact with the art/artist. Five days exposure to contemporary art in the beautiful setting of the city of Sète a vibrant and hospitable jewell set on the sea.  The avant-garde

Young artist (in WC) composes poems from words written on post-its
Young artist (in WC) composes poems from words written on post-its

has become popular. Infr’Action is certainly another way of distributing contemporary art. Everybody is free to go to and meet up with the art, and the artists, who are presenting their work, live and direct in the public space. Infr’Action gives you the possibility to live five days that you will certainly not forget. To discover the avant-garde of contemporary art in the remarkable settings of the city of Sète, blending nearness and conviviality with the back-drop of The Mediterranean. Plan to attend all five days of the event. I was only there for two and missed so much. Next time, I plan to have more than one extra set of batteries for my camera and more than two days at the festival.

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Being an International event, you will have a first hand encounter with art and the artists from numerous countries. This years artists include participants from France, Sweden, Poland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain and many more.

Kisses for Sale!
Kisses for Sale!
Interactive Installation Art
Interactive Installation Art

A young man in a wheelchair encourages passers-by to contribute to  living poetry via post-it notes. Some wrote their own short pieces of verse and some place a single word or quote on their posting.

It is not to late to plan to attend or perhaps even participate. If you would like to know more about this cutting-edge art experience, click on the link for Infraction information: http://www.infraction.info/en/index.html

This year the event is scheduled for September 12 – 16. Perhaps I will see you there.

Bisous,

Léa

Artist demonstrating against cosmetic company
Artist demonstrating against cosmetic company