La Colombière opens for the 2020 European Heritage Days

Published on 11 September 2020 - Updated 04 January 2021
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For the 6th year in a row, La Colombière, an art residency and creation venue in Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault (Maine-et-Loire), will be opening on 19 & 20 September 2020 for the European Heritage Days, shining the spotlight on the artwork created by Chloé Bocquet and Diane Hymans, the artists hosted on the residency programme this year.

Chloé Bocquet - Engravings

Chloé Bocquet was born in 1993. Graduating from Le Mans School of Fine Arts in 2017, she discovered engraving during her course and spent time at the Moret studio (Paris) and in the graphic arts section of Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts (HGB) in Germany.   

Since 2017, Chloé Bocquet has taken part in a range of exhibitions, not least in the UK, Excellence of YouthWoolwich Contemporary Print fair, and Paris, Le Salon des Réalités Nouvelles. Today, her work is represented by the London-based gallery Eames Fine Art.   

During her residency programme, Chloé Bocquet developed three series of printed images, using the techniques of linocuts, monotype or direct copper etching. These are processes she had already embraced as part of her repertoire, but the Loire landscapes which Chloé was able to observe on a daily basis during her residency reinvented this practice with new experimental grounds: colour-dyeing on her paper media using plants found in the Loire Valley (chestnut and walnut leaves or elderberries) and developing a colour palette through plant decoctions. Chloé Bocquet drew inspiration from her encounters with the Loire and the built façade along its banks.  

Diane Hymans - Photographs

Born in 1991, Diane lives in Paris. She started out studying History of Art at the Sorbonne before enrolling in Arles National School of Photography in 2015, graduating in June 2018. Diane harnesses photography as if it were a magnifying glass, homing in on the detail and fragmentation. This medium enables her to engage in introspection from a monocular perspective. She is particularly interested in plants and their portrayals.  

During her residency, Diane Hymans focused her attention on the image of the woman sowing seeds, an ecological and feminist figure, which she juxtaposes with another image – just as symbolic – that of the flower. Through her interpretations, outings, encounters and picking of flowers native to the Loire riverbanks, Diane has soaked up the Loire landscapes. To conclude her residency programme, she intends to design a "symbolic" garden at La Colombière: an installation of 12 images depicting muscular women, reminiscent of the sowing figure (who are seen in a bad light as they are deemed androgynous and at stark odds with the ideals of female beauty), will be displayed alongside adverts for fertilisers or flower seeds, emphasising this pressure to be beautiful – expected both of women and of flowers.  

Useful information

  • Venue: La Colombière, 8 rue Foulques Nerra 49350 Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault ( map )
  • Dates: Saturday 19 September, 14.00-18.00 / Sunday 20 September, 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00

The residency programme

Jointly committed to breathing new life into La Colombière, the Fondation Marquise de Narros-Institut de France, Mission Val de Loire and village of Gennes-Val-de-Loire have decided to establish residencies on the theme of landscape and history.  

The Tourisme & Culture association, in conjunction with the various partners, is playing an active part in opening up the site and raising its profile. 

La Colombière was bequeathed to the Fondation Marquise de Narros-Institut de France, its current owner. For three decades, until 1982, it was the house and studio of sculptor  Gustave Pimienta .  

Danièle Sallenave, from the Académie française, author of the Dictionnaire amoureux de la Loire and mindful of the site’s history and beauty, is curator of the Fondation Marquise de Narros-Institut de France. She chairs the panel that selects the resident artists. 


The whole of the 2020 Heritage Days programme can be found at:    


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