Denis Monfleur - People of Stone

Denis Monfleur - Publisher Gallimard - Ouvrage relié - 184 pages - Text in Bilingue Français / English - Published in 2023

The artist Denis Monfleur is one of the few sculptors of his generation to uphold the ancestral tradition of direct carving and to tackle the hardest stones. His work belongs to a secular tradition of sculpture, from Romanesque art to Louise Bourgeois, via Michelangelo, Brancusi, Dubuffet and Chillida.

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Model 9782073028402
Artist Denis Monfleur
Author Collectif
Publisher Gallimard
Format Ouvrage relié
Number of pages 184
Language Bilingue Français / English
Dimensions 257 x 203
Technique(s) 150 illustrations
Published 2023
Museum Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux

Exhibition catalogue Denis Monfleur. People of Stone, presented at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux (2 june 2023 – 7 jan. 2024).

Juxtaposing powerful and monumental sculptures, made in quarries and weighing several tons, with smaller, more intimate and domestic pieces, Denis Monfleur tirelessly experiments and never retreats from a challenge. He freely explores contrasts of textures and weight – lightness/density, power/fragility, smooth/rough, balance/instability. Often scarified, his works bear scars like stigmata, whether rough-hewn or chiselled, left by his tools, which includes angle grinders, burins, tungsten drills and diamond disc blades.

People of Stone reveals the artist’s interest in the human figure, which runs the gamut of art history, from figuration to abstraction, accessing a universal and timeless dimension. His work is far from fashions and trends as wellit eludes conventional aesthetic categorisation. Some of his works (Christ, Anges [Angels], Prophètes [Prophets], Vanités [Vanitases]) are imbued with a spiritual resonance.


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