The work of art presented by Vincent Barré at Chaumont-sur-Loire reflect the way he relates to the idea of Nature.
The metaphor of the tree, with its growth rings, skin and stature, began to feature prominently in 2003 in his first sculptures erected for the Monument aux fusillés de la Nivelle (Monument to those shot dead at La Nivelle) in Amilly (Loiret): body of the tree, body of the man, concentric columns carved out of the same block of polystyrene before being cast in iron, harking back to the ages of the Resistance fighters, truncated columns, cut short.
This shift, from the living form dreamt up, to the material form, has continued ever since, both in the “standing” and “reclining” sculptures, until the actual appearance around 2010 of wood in its blends: “Compagnons” a pear tree trunk standing alongside an aluminium column, like two archaic torsos, and then “Coupe” : two strong twin columns with alternating wood and metal.
In the Historic Grounds, on the hillside, Vincent Barré has laid out a cast iron sculpture in 6 parts, through which we can see the surrounding landscape, ever changing, always fragmented and framed by the rings when we move or rest a moment between the blocks.
Born in Vierzon in France in 1948, Vincent Barré graduated from the National School of Fine Arts of Paris. Having studied under the great architect Louis Kahn, he also has a doctorate in Urban Planning and a degree in architecture. He taught at the National School of Fine Arts of Paris until 2011. He splits his time living and working between Saint-Firmin des Bois (Loiret) and Paris.