This is an explicit expression. To call oneself an artist, in fact, may seem peremptory, in many respects, if it is not justified. For it is true that today everyone can claim, rightly or wrongly, to be an artist, as some call themselves "philosophers" without knowing what philosophy is, or having actually practiced it Reading of the major texts. But let us not insist: This comparison has its limitations, since philosophy is not an art, but a science, a knowledge, according to the theory according to Aristotle.

"Being an artist" is not an expression that must be taken lightly. What does that mean? What does that cover? It is necessary here to dwell for a while on reflection and it is all the more important to do so because the word artist seems to have lost today its depth, its richness and its expressive force. It is in many respects that an artist is an artist, and it should be made clear now :

First, it is sustainable, not temporarily or part-time. It is in the duration that an artist constructs himself. To take up a pretty existentialist formula: "one is not born artist, one becomes one. It is at the end of a long process, of a personal and rigorous investment, in a word, by perseverance, that one becomes an artist, or rather one gives oneself the means to become one. So what does that imply? Simply that art is not only a matter of inspiration, but also and above all of transpiration, that is to say, work, patience, learning. This means that art can not be improvised by communicating with the Muses. There are undoubtedly more works missed than successful in any artist, and it is good to think that this is the imprint of the great. Beautiful art is the art of work and labor, and let us cease to believe in the myth of the genial being "artist without effort." A true artist can be identified with his many sketches and essays, with his desire to go back and go further, to his feeling of dissatisfaction, in short, to his insatiable search. But that's not all…

Indeed, an artist is then artist singularly. By this is meant the fact that the work of an artist is a work bearing the mark of an indefinable originality. There is no common measure between a Picasso and a Matisse. It is even easy, for those who are sufficiently experienced in painting, to distinguish them from the start, and yet no one can adroitly establish a hierarchy between the two for the simple reason that there is none, except To foolishly intervene small biases. The difficulty here, by the way, is to tear oneself away from one's own personal and cozy preferences in order to appreciate art there, in everything it is, namely: something Which escapes us, resists us, an immortal piece. It is no exaggeration to say that a work is necessarily the unique creation of an irreplaceable artist, and that it is reflected in it as if in a mirror. In other words, there is more than a kinship between the work and the artist, namely: an identity, an indissociable entity. Did not Proust devote his whole life to literature?

Finally, it is historically. It simply means that each artist is part of an era in which he is inspired. The raft of the jellyfish would never have been born before the French Revolution. In other words, each artist has his own history, which is his own without being that of the others, and at the same time participates in the history of the world in which he lives. The artist builds a unique and particular history in a common world and an era shared with others. That's the whole paradox! It is this twofold dimension: the personal history of an individual within the historicity that characterizes the artist's future, and it is in the light of these two intertwining levels that we must understand Any creation.




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"What we always ask to all schools and across all differences of physiognomy, it will touch the soul and the senses, elevate the intellect and enlightening. "(Eugène Delacroix)



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Le Livre d'Art


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Formula 20 lessons
(including a theoretical presentation and a corrected application work)
After this training, you will have a full basic drawing and painting, as well as mastery of several techniques of Black and White and Painting. Of course, your talent will do the rest and you will forge your own style, maybe even your own technique because Art is above all a free and personal expression whose techniques are inexhaustible.

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Guide artist workshops

Tuition and workshop groups (all levels)
Many students training ...
WORKSHOP VAUREAL (three groups: three levels) - 1999
WORKSHOP SANTEUIL (two groups: two levels) - 2005/2011

" These works exist only because at some point you stopped time and have laid your eyes on a landscape, a flower, a face, a body, a fruit or object and you have found it beautiful . And your paintings, drawings immortalize the vision you have of this beauty. This look is what brushstroke that gently walks on the canvas, leaving the option of inspiration traces or color buttons that magically reveal your soul.

You give us a lesson of wisdom, for if we could all take time, moments, just like you before your easel to watch and contemplate not just see what surrounds us, only with eyes and heart ; enclosing our ideas, our beliefs, our judgments in one of the cupboards of our brain, we would feel lighter, available and tolerant. I think we all, painters or not, are able to achieve this miracle still have to want it and believe it.

Thank you ladies and gentlemen artists to show us and dare to show us, everyone at your level, what you are able to realize and unveil a part of yourself beyond appearances.

I also thank Jean-Marc RIVES who can transmit to his students beyond the technique, passion. It's sort of the therapist, which opens the path of self-discovery, faculties that are in each of you and that day after day you discover. "

Jean-François MICHEL - Mayor of Santeuil



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Site of the students of Santeuil :

Exhibition of students of Santeuil 13 June 2009 :


ECHO REGIONAL December 3, 2010
Oil on grounds of Jocelyne BEILLARD (5th year student)

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Myriam Withers Artiste Peintre

Brigitte Isaeff Artiste Peintre

Nicole de Fommervault Artiste Peintre

LA RÉGION DE BONNIÈRES vue par les peintres et les écrivains

Mairie-boissylaillerie commission-animation




Book on local history Once upon a time Vauréal was released in late 1999 as part of the Book Fair "Memories of our century."
For this occasion, a new contest was offered to the entire population in particular in schools and the library where the Ladies Gilles writing workshops were led by Jean-Marc RIVES, poet and writer.
Nearly three hundred "young writers" were inspired by the imposed sentence: this was the year ...
The success of the competition encouraged the Municipality to edit sixty newly selected among the different age groups participating.
The winners of 1999 are:
Chantal Hugues Luka and the Villegeorges in the category adultesAnne Goubert and Laureen Benhamou in the category adolescentsHélène Dinh and David Badiane in the children category
Congratulations and thank you to all participants!

The Town Hall