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Thérèse Boucraut (b. 1930) grew up in the Petit-Bateau factory, founded by her grandfather and later run by her parents. As a child, she played in these buildings, these inner streets, a small, enclosed town full of forbidden games, discovering colors and materials, in the atmosphere of a craftsman's trade: assembling shapes, creating new methods for weaving yarns, searching for colors...

In this context, she took up drawing at an early age, and approached a variety of techniques (watercolours, charcoal, tapestry, engraving, clay, etc.) as a natural extension of her manual and physical approach to pictorial art.

Thérèse Boucraut paints from nature, and with models, her painting is like an imaginary theater

figurative but not realistic at times, the human figure is present as a testimony to the existence of objects

the human figure is set in the space of the forest, or the studio: the forest, the studio, become a great theater, a suspended playground.

The scales change, and seem to question the place of the human: object or actor?


Thérèse Boucraut graduated from the ENSAD mural painting workshop, where Gromaire taught, in 1957, and devoted herself to painting. At the time, two major trends were separating painters - all the creators working in and around the field of art - and even opposing them.


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