Un buste de Claude Monet à Fresselines

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Erigeons un buste de Claude Monet pour commémorer les 130 ans de sa venue à Fresselines

The association 

The association "Friends of Fresselines, Village of artists" launches this operation of crowdfunding to find a financing of 40 000 euros for the realization of a carved bust of Claude Monet. This work, installed in the heart of the village, will answer a double will: to pay homage to Claude Monet, 130 years after its arrival in Fresselines, and to reinforce the tourist attraction of the territory.

Fresselines, an Artistic Village


If the first links between Fresselines and the artists go back to the 19th century with the poet Maurice Rollinat, the painters Claude Monet or Léon Detroy, the name "Village of Artists" dates from the 1970s. Over the years, these links have forged the renowned Fresselines. Numerous workshops and exhibition venues illustrate a tradition that continues. By his passage, Claude Monet thus paved the way for many other artists from the Valley of Painters.
To celebrate this anniversary, it seems relevant to the association "Friends of Fresselines - Village artists" to erect a bronze bust of the leader of the Impressionist movement.


Who are we ? 

The association "Friends of Fresselines, Village artists" aims to preserve the site and local heritage, to encourage and promote the reputation of Fresselines and to participate in the organization of various local cultural events. This course was established at the birth of the association in 1991, by André Logez, former chairman of the festival committee Fresselines, and Gaston Thiery, impressionist painter. This approach is pursued by current members. 

The association is at the origin of the organization of numerous exhibitions such as those of the artistic center which it later renamed Espace Monet Rollinat. In recent years, she has financed the creation in the church of contemporary stained glass windows by Didier Bourdeau, Verrier d'Art in Cressat, as well as the creation of a secure window to display religious objects. The laundry of the Chair Gonnot was rehabilitated and the door of the chapel of Chambonnet could be renovated with the support of the municipal employees and the donation by André Roy, Ferronnier of Art, fittings and nails forged in the old fashioned way.

In the footsteps of Claude Monet in Fresselines 

The village of Fresselines is located in the heart of a territory that is now called the Valley of Painters. From 1850, this part of the Creuse was attended by many artists such as Armand Guillaumin, Eugene Alluaud, Fernand Maillaud, Alan and Anders Osterlind, Francis Picabia, Paul Madeline or even Leon Detroy to name a few -uns. A total of 400 painters have been identified by Christophe Rameix in his book devoted to the painters of the Creuse Valley. 

The most illustrious of them is Claude Monet. In February 1889, Gustave Geffroy, an art journalist and ardent defender of Impressionism, invited Claude Monet to accompany him to Fresselines during a visit he paid to his poet friend Maurice Rollinat. Monet, captivated by the surrounding landscape, decides to return alone to Fresselines a few days after his first visit. 

At first Monet realizes all the difficulties to paint these beautiful and picturesque landscapes revealed by a very changeable light. He writes to Alice, "I'm beginning to believe that I can bring good and curious things. By dint of watching I finally entered the nature of this country, I understand now and see better what there is to do. Monet does not capitulate, the work started is too important and managed to paint a first series that illustrates the same landscape as perceived at different times of the day. He will realize at Fresselines at least 23 paintings of which 10 of them have for theme the confluence of the two Creuse, nicely named "The Waters Semblantes".

                                      

These paintings of the confluence are considered as the real first series of paintings associated with the same motif.

During his stay of almost three months, he will realize others like those of the "Moulin de Vervy" or the "Torrent de la Petite Creuse".


         

                Claude Monet, Grande Creuse – Pont de Vervy @Art Gallerie ErgArt

           

                         Claude Monet, Rivière la petite Creuse @ Kent Baldner 


On June 21, 1889 the paintings made in Fresselines will be presented to the public at the Monet-Rodin joint exhibition which opens in Paris at the Georges Petit Gallery. Today, his paintings are scattered around the world in museums or belong to private collections.


Project display

To honor Claude Monet, the association "Friends of Fresselines, Village of artists" has undertaken to erect on the north side of the church a bronze bust of Claude Monet on a granite pedestal of country cut in the image of the block, rock of the confluence, which inspired Monet. 

This recognition to Monet and his work, which serves as an example to many artists since his passage, will reinforce the artistic attraction of the village, in addition to the Monet Rollinat exhibition space and the painting interpretation trail. . The bust will be made of clay by an artist sculptor before being cast in bronze in an art foundry. The goal of the sculptor is to make the bust in the image of Monet in 1889, very close to his self-portrait that he painted in 1886.

Claude Monet in 1889 

 American Susie Chism, a graduate of the prestigious "Lyme Academy of Fine Arts" Academy in Old Lyme, Connecticut, is being approached for this sculpture. She has won several awards at the annual Grand Central Academy Sculpture in New York. 

Today established in France, in the New Aquitaine region, she continues to participate in many exhibitions. She was recently awarded the bronze medal at the Salon des artistes in Paris at the Grand Palais. Susie Chism often draws inspiration from living models to give a natural vision and bring personality to her works. A way to convey feelings and expressions through his sculptures. A different exercise for this new achievement.

Draft of a bust of Claude Monet directed by Susie Chism 

The choice of location, between two foothills of the north facade of the church, is not trivial. During his stay, the artist spent daily on his journeys between the house of Maurice Rollinat, where he took his meals and the hotel Barronet, where he lived. The bronze will be next to the bas-relief carved by Auguste Rodin. A work inaugurated in 1906, in tribute to the poet and musician Maurice Rollinat, who died in 1903.

                   

Inauguration of Auguste Rodin's bas-relief in 1906 

 The inauguration of Claude Monet's bust will be organized in 2019, exactly 130 years after the completion of his works at Fresselines. 

 What will the collection be used for? 

 The collection will allow us to finance the totality of the realization of the bust and its granite pedestal, a total of 40 000 €, including:              

 - Realization of the sculpture in earth by a sculptor artist                

 - Implementation of the bronze foundry in an art foundry                 

- Realization of the granite pedestal,                

 - Production of anodized aluminum nameplate + engraving                 

- Bust, pedestal and nameplate                 

- Inauguration of the bust in the summer of 2019                 

- Realization of a communication brochure 

 Tier 1: € 15,000, to finance the sculpture of the bust and the bronze foundry 

 Tier 2: € 30,000 to finance the pedestal that will be the image of the block that inspired Monet, the nameplate and the installation of the whole. 

 Tier 3: € 40,000 Inauguration of the bust, if possible in period costume, and production of a communication plaque 


 If collection is exceeded ... 

 If the collection was exceeded at the end of our campaign, first of all receive our warmest thanks! Then we will develop the sites where Claude Monet painted Fresselines to offer today's painters exceptional sites in the service of their talent. Then, we will contribute to the realization by the association "Creuse In Vision" to shoot a short film "Sur les pas de Monet à Fresselines". Finally, if you are very generous, the association "Friends of Fresselines, Village Artists" will use these funds to ensure its primary purpose that concerns the preservation of the site and local heritage. 

 How to support us? 

 - by an online donation on this page, after registration and connection on www.dartagnans.fr 

 - by bank transfer on this page, after registration and connection on www.dartagnans.fr 

 - by sending a check to the order of the Friends of Fresselines - Village of Artists, at the following address: 

 Dartagnans 

 Campaign Bust of Monet 

 1 rue de Châteaudun 

 75009 Paris 


 Defiscalisable donations 

 French donors Your donation is tax free because it fulfills the general conditions provided for in articles 200 and 238 bis of the tax code. At the end of the collection, you will receive a tax receipt allowing you to reduce your tax: 

 - Private individuals, you can deduct 66% of your donation up to a limit of 20% of your taxable income. 

 - Company, all the payments to the project allows to benefit from a reduction of Tax on the companies of 60% of the amount of these payments, taken within the limit of 0,5% of the C.A. H.T. of the company 


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Thanks 

 Thank you for your support. We hope to welcome you soon to Fresselines and in particular to participate in the inauguration of Claude Monet's bust 

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 Contact: [email protected]

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You will be accommodated the day before the inauguration in a beautiful hotel or bed and breakfast sector. You will be able to visit the galleries of the village before a dinner in the presence of artists.

On the day of the inauguration, you will be welcomed by the members of the association "Friends of Fresselines, Village artists" and invited to the cocktail party.

At the end of this cocktail you will be invited to the "VIP" buffet. It will be followed by a private visit of Espace Monet Rollinat and a commented walk in the footsteps of Monet.