The field of art environments in France has an interesting history with regard to self-taught artists who decorate their house and garden with mosaic.
It’s a history that involves various generations.
Before the second world war Ismaël and Guy Villéger were at its beginning when in 1937 they began decorating the exterior of their restaurant. They were followed by Raymond Isidore (aka Picassiette) who in 1938 began decorating his house.
After the war and in the 1950’s a postwar generation appeared with M. Dulong (1945 >), François Portrat (1945 >), Aldo Gandini (1950 >), Robert Vasseur (1952 >), Leopold Truc (1955 >) and Euclide da Costa Ferreira (1955 >).
The 1980’s, 1990’s and the early years 2000 saw another generation with Renée Bodin (aka Hurfane) (1980 >), Jean-Michel Chesné (1997 >) and Catherine Moreno (2002 >)
This post introduces Evelyne Dantel, who represents the contemporary generation.
Born in 1964 in Nevers, France, Evelyne Dantel after primary education studied psychology at the Faculté de Dyon, in the Bourgogne region
She got a job as a clinical psychologist at a specialized hospital in La Charité-sur-Loire, a historical town of some 5000 inhabitants situated along the Loire river in Burgundy, France.
Living in a small community in the rural area around La Charité, Evelyne’s house has a fairly large garden. Around 2011 she began transforming house and garden into an art environment, both by adding mosaics to the various walls of the house and by embellishing the garden with a variety of sculptures, installations and other creative elements.
Another element is the garden gate with sides formed by wheels previously used in agriculture, all single-handedly welded together. This gate was finished may 2016.
The walls of the living house have been decorated with colorful mosaic, such as above artwork situated along a staircase on a corner of the building. The small pictures below show some details
* Evelyne Dantel on Facebook
Les petits jardins d’Eve
165 chemin des grands prés
58400 Chazué/Raveau, region Bourgogne/Franche-Comté, France
can be visited on open days