Paris - Ile De France

Le Reseda - Monumental sculpture - Paris

This page was updated on: Friday, January 3, 2020 at: 12:54 pm

Le Reseda

Le Reseda is a monumental contemporary sculpture.

You'll find it in the courtyard of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Deposit and Consignment Office).

As you stroll along the Quai Anatole France, you come across a porch opening the facade of an elegant Classical building.

This building is the last before you reach the Orsay Museum.

This porch leads straight into the courtyard.

In fact you can clearly see the sculpture from the street.

You can even step into the private courtyard to have a better look.

La Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations acquired Le Reseda in 1988 and installed it in the courtyard shortly after.

The sculptor - Jean-Philippe Arthur Dubuffet

The sculpture is made from epoxy resin, a material Jean Philippe Arthur Dubuffet largely used in his creations.

Dubuffet sculpted Le Reseda in 1972.

The artist, who died in 1985, defined himself as a fan of Art Brut (Low Art), also known as Raw Art and Outsider Art.

This form of art has, according to him, a more authentic approach to image making.

Dubuffet always began any art project by carving models from polystyrene, and then produced the cast in epoxy resin.

He said that the lightweight material was very easy to work.

Le Reseda is a challenging artwork, some will love it, others will hate it!

The abstract style, almost primitive and childish, and the primary colours may be surprising at first sight.

Many think that it is in total breach with the classicism of the building, and that it even spoils it.

There is no answer to this, as art is very subjective.

Directions: 7th District - 3 Quai Anatole France
Metro: Assemblée Nationale on Line 12 - RER station: Musée d’Orsay
Coordinates: Lat 48.859721 - Long 2.328521

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