Seraphine Louis

29 06 2013

Séraphine Louis, known as “Séraphine de Senlis” (“Séraphine of Senlis “) (1864–1942), was a French painter in the naïve style. Self-taught, she was inspired by her religious faith and by stained-glass church windows and other religious art. The intensity of her images, both in colour and in replicative designs, are sometimes interpreted as a reflection of her own psyche, walking a tightrope between ecstasy and mental illness.

Being a self-taught artist myself I am drawn to fellow amateurs. What I notice in Louis is the obsession with individual images and their reproduction over and over again on the same canvas. It must have brought her great satisfaction. And her colours are so brilliant to almost be blinding.

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