Seyssaud - Verdilhan - Chabaud

Three Provencal people in modernity


Publication year 2016
Number of pages 112
Format 21 x 21 cm
ISBN 9791094462034

This exhibition organized by the Pentcheff gallery was the opportunity to bring together nearly a hundred works by René Seyssaud, Louis-Mathieu Verdilhan and Auguste Chabaud. 

This catalog is interested in the way in which each of the three artists, while deeply anchoring his work in the Provençal soil, approached a completely innovative form of personal expression, and, in a word: modern. 
On the canvas, Seyssaud triturizes the material as before him Monticelli, and brings to it a vision of nature with a rustic poetry, extending in a very personal way the lesson of the Provençal landscapers. 
Verdilhan, for his part, manages, in his short existence, to develop a formal expression where the quintessence of the motif, the proven goal of his quest, collides with the fragility of its outcome, revealing only an apparent ease of execution where the artist had thrown in all his strength, the investigations of a lifetime. 
Chabaud gives birth to a complex and prolific work, both graphic and pictorial, with a bulimia which is matched only by its spontaneity. Her relationship with Provence is more than complex: she appears as a castrating muse, who seems to dominate the artist with a virtuous cape and contain her most remarkable outbursts, while entrusting her brushes with the contrasting depth of her secular soul. 

The three artists however transcended the particularity of the soil which nourishes their work to touch the universal. Their feet firmly anchored in the southern land, it is towards the horizon that they look. All three did not deprive themselves of maintaining links, more or less close, with the capital. The contribution of their research goes well beyond regional borders. 

Texts by Monique Laidi-Chabaud, Claude-Jeanne Bonnici and Giulia Pentcheff