Following on from one of our more recent trips to Seillans, here’s an open air bronze totem sculpture by the surrealist artist Max Ernst (1891 – 1976), who spent the last 12 years of his life in the village. His widow, Dorothea Tanning, offered 70-odd of his works to the village (further pieces were purchased later by the community) most of which which are exhibited in the nearby Maison Waldberg.
Le Génie de la Bastille (The Genius of the Bastille), a slightly mocking tribute to the monument on the place de la Bastille in Paris (below).
It was donated to the municipality by Dorothea Tanning, the artist’s last wife and inaugurated on 24 June, 1994. Ernst’s version sits on Seillans’ place de la République, where he liked to play pétanque with the locals.
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