Jean-Marie Appriou

Obelisk Grove

Hiver, Automne, Printemps, Été

In the Obelisk grove, Jean-Marie Appriou installs four sculptures, each one of them symbolizing a single season and element. Experimenting unconventional methods, his works are born from cultural references such as the ornamental tradition of fired ceramics.

Presentation of the artist’s work by the curator of the exhibition


Hiver, Automne, Printemps, Été

© EPV / Thomas Garnier

Obelisk Grove

The Obelisk Grove is the furthest from the Palace. The grove is named after the great vertical flood in the middle of the pool, constituted of two hundred and thirty water jets which remind an obelisk. The whole is surrounded by yew trees topiary shaped.

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About the work

The works presented in the Obelisk Grove are inspired by the ornamental tradition of fired ceramics and the terms that give rhythm to the dramaturgy of the gardens. Each one symbolises a single season and element, faithful to the idea of a world governed by an unalterable natural order in a constant state of renewal. The grove opens with the figure of the swan representing the themes of both autumn and water. To the right and left stand the torsos of two women whose hair is adorned with decorative ornaments: Summer on one side, with sheaves of wheat and grains; and Spring on the other, with her buds, blossoms, and butterflies. One reminds us of the harvest, the other symbolises fertility. These iconographic associations finally come together in winter and the earth, represented by a mole popping out of the ground.

About the artist

Born in 1985 in Brest, France, Jean-Marie Appriou lives and works in Paris, France.

The work of Jean-Marie Appriou is a constant to-and-fro between study and studio creation. Appriou draws inspiration from materials and how they behave to build a symbolic and narrative framework. Despite the expertise gained in producing his works, the artist favours experimentation, testing unconventional methods. His sculptures tell stories: born from cultural references and manifest as objects to which an examination and transformation of their innate materials is added.

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