Monday, April 18, 2016

Séraphine

The movie for this week is Séraphine.  Séraphine de Senlis was a housekeeper turned artist, or the other way around depending on how you look at it. The story goes, a famous German art collector moved to Senlis to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. He rented an apartment where he intended to spend his time writing. When the landlady invited him over he discovered a painting. The landlady acted like it was no big deal because the housekeeper painted it and most everyone in the town made her the butt of their jokes. The art collector seems to have every good intention to help her out of her situation and help her reach her full potential as an artist but things don't always work out the way we want them to. It's based on the real life of Séraphine de Senlis. You can see her work here.  The movie can be watched for free at Hulu although the free version will have commercials. 
This is one of her paintings titled, Pommier. Who's the butt of the joke now? Sorry, couldn't help it. 
She would be an interesting artist to discuss.  There was a really good article I read about a horrible art dealer, one who would go around and buy up work, even if it was crap, just so he can hold the market on all of their work just in case a real dealer came around and liked what they saw. I can't seem to find that article anywhere but here's one I found about how to spot bad art dealers. It's possible this German collector wasn't some sort of a shyster but it's hard to tell. To me it felt like he wanted to go from collector to discoverer, like a talent agent, and discover the next big thing. 

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  1. Artist turned housekeeper...gotta watch this one!

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