to the artists, designers and craftspeople who think I call their work kitsch... this is NOT the case, it refers to my own work

Sep 15, 2010

Inspiring history

When visiting the Meuse region to explore 'Le Vent des Forêts' one becomes aware that this region has a traumatic history dating from the first World War. The whole region suffered severely and many scars are still visible.
It is not a surprise to discover that artists will be influenced by this past.

Miguel-Angel Molina (Spain-France) - 2004 - Inside-Outside & 3 x 4 - 12
#110 & #110bis

Louis Guingot, an artist at the Ecole de Nancy - France, invented the camouflage motif.  It is in 1915 that the French Army used the camouflage paint for the first time.
That evening, driving towards our lovely guesthouse - le Domaine de Pomone - for the next nights we spot this strange hill, the Butte de Montsec.
It is a War Memorial commemorating the American offensive near Saint-Mihiel in 1918 where many of them where killed. 

Le Vent des Forêts
About 90 from the 165 works made since 1997 are displayed along a 45- kilometre footpath through 5.000 hectares of forest.  Accessible from February until late September.

Hundreds of pictures need to be sorted, it will take some time to post them ...
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