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 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.
Very recently, with small bronze sculptures using the direct wax technique making a comeback, the inclusion of segments of ash branches in the wax has seen him resume the use of interlacing, arabesques and open shapes, thereby keeping his focus on abstraction rather than on naturalism, despite the literality of the material.
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.
Vincent Barré au Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, 2014 - © Éric Sander
Born in Vierzon in France in 1948, Vincent Barré graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de 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 École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris until 2011. He splits his time living and working between Saint-Firmin des Bois (Loiret) and Paris.
As an immensely talented sculptor, he has been invited to present his work at regular intervals across Europe for personal exhibitions, including: Galerie Bernard Jordan, Zürich, Switzerland (2012); “RE-POSER/RE-GARDER”, Musée André Malraux, Le Havre, France (2011) ; “NOVS”, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, France (2010) ; “BIS”, Galerie Viktor Grray, Düsseldorf, Germany (2010); “BIS, ou Eloge de la distance”, Galerie B. Jordan, Paris, France (2009) ; “Cinq Pains”, Eric Seydoux screenprinting studio, Paris, France (2009), “Voyager léger”, Centre Culturel Français de Belgrade, Republic of Serbia (2009) ; “Sculptures” and “Caniculaire” installation, Palais Seyssel d’Aix, Centre Culturel Français, Münich, Germany (2008) ; “Grès de Sèvres et Terres enfumées”, Galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, France (2007) ; “Métis”, Hôtel des Arts, Toulon, France (2007) ; “DETOUR 3”, La grande Nef, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, France (2005) ; “Sculptures et dessins”, Carré-Bonnat, Bayonne, France (2005) ; “A Leonard de Vinci, Carnets de croquis”, Musée Bonnat, Bayonne, France (2004).