Friday, June 22, 2012

Séraphine De Senlis- The painter

 Séraphine De Senlis- The painter
 Yolande Moreau as Séraphine

"Based on a true story, SÉRAPHINE centers on Séraphine de Senlis (Yolande Moreau), a simple and profoundly devout housekeeper whose brilliantly colorful canvases adorn some of the most famous galleries in the world. German art critic and collector Wilhelm Uhde (The Lives of Others Ulrich Tukur) - the first Picasso buyer and champion of naïve primitive painter Le Douanier Rousseau - discovers her paintings while she is working for him as a maid in the beautiful countryside of Senlis near Paris. A moving and unexpected relationship develops between the avant-garde art dealer and the visionary outsider artist. Martin Provosts fictionalized and poignant portrait of Séraphine is a testament to creativity and the resilience of one womans spirit."
It won the 2009 César Award for Best Film.
Séraphine's painting

This film reminded me of a devout photographer Vivian Maier whom I was deeply touched by her artistic vision and her life.
Vivian Maier self portrait
One of Vivian Maier's works

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