André Deluol was born on the 27th of August 1909, in Valence. During his childhood, he lived in Algeria where his father was a military Governor. André awakens to this exotism, to the colonial life and its visions.
His father wanted him to follow his footsteps and to serve in the army, but it wasn’t what André wished. André’s grand-father, the architect Casimir Perrier, realized that André was extremely talented as a drawer and urged him to join an art’s school.
Thus in 1929, he got into the School of Beaux Arts in Paris, in Ernest Laurent’s studio. He started as a painter and a fresquist, then he turned to sculpture, as he didn’t achieve to convey the depth as he comprehends it. His travel to Greece in 1929 confirmed his decision.
But the way sculpting was taught at school didn’t suit him as the conventionnal technique, in 1930, was modeling.
What was modeling ? A technique that aims to shape plaster, and once students had finished their work, the sculpture would be given to a specialist who would then reproduce it, carving the sculpture on real stone.
This technique resulted in the emergence of copies from original works of art.
This technique lacked authenticity for Deluol. He didn’t want to go through intermediate steps and wanted to learn from specialists’s work : he chose the direct carving technique.
He started on his own and developped his own technique using actual size drawings and grid patterns.
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. He painted using different techniques as to diversify his work and mastered the art of pastels, graphites, watercolour and oil painting.
He created numerous buildings for France, such as the War Memorial of La Seyne-sur-Mer, the fountains of Louviers and Manosque, .
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.