Museum and Mr.Deluol’s story
Life of André Deluol
André Deluol was born on the 27th of August 1909, in Valence.
During his childhood, André Deluol lived in Algeria, where his father was a military Governor. André Deluol’s father wanted him to follow his footsteps and to serve in the Army, but it wasn’t the way André wanted things to be. The architect Casimir Perrier, André’s grand-father, realized that André was extremely talented, and urged him to join an art’s school.
In 1928, he started his schooling at the School of Beaux Arts in Paris, in Ernest Laurent’s studio. He started as a painter, before becoming a sculptor. His travel to Greece in 1929 backed his view up.
He didn’t like the way sculpting was taught at school. Indeed, students had to work on plaster, and once they had finished, the sculpture would be given to a specialist who would then reproduce the sculpture on real stone. This technique was called modeling. However, Deluol didn’t want somebody to do his work for him, and wanted to work directly on stone.
During all his life, he travelled between France and Greece, from which he drew his inspiration.
André Deluol sculpted on every material, including marble, stone, and wood. Each of his pieces was painted with a different technique, in order to make each of them unique.
He created numerous buildings, such as the fountain of Louviers, the fountain of Manosque, and the War Memorial of La Seyne-sur-Mer.
He was awarded numerous rewards for his work, such as “La Médaille Vermeille de l’Ordre de l’Etoile Civique“ in 1973. He was named “Chevalier des Ordres et des Lettres” in 1957.
He didn’t belong to any style, as his work was very particular and unique.
He bought an old factory at the end of his life, in order to turn it into a museum for his pieces. From the age of twenty to ninety years old, he sculpted and painted in the aim of sharing his vision of love, women and life.
He died on the 23th of April 2003 in Saint Michel-en-l’Herm.
The museum’s history is peculiar. At first it was a barn, and then it became a pickles factory.
Andre Deluol was really impressed by this factory, as it looked a lot like a Greek building. His house being opposite to the building, he bought it and turned it into a museum in order to display his pieces.
After his death, André Deluol’s family gave the museum to the city of Saint-Michel-en-l’Herm.