From Vezelay to Tournus, Dijon to the Abbey of Fontenay, Burgundy stone is exalted in the many architectural masterpieces of the region. Today's regional sculptors are the natural descendants of the prized "Compagnons", craftsmen of the Middle Ages, with an accent on modernity.
A sculptor must know his materials. Aside from his knowledge of shaping stone, he has a solid background in the plastic arts and art history. His aim is to harmonize the volumes, colours and materials. He grasps special relationships and develops both a keen tactile and visual perception of objects. Like many professions dealing with the arts, there is no formal training required nor criteria other than passion, practice and experience.
Dictionary meanings of the word Sculpture:
"Representation of an object in space by means of matter to which a certain aesthetic form is imposed; the various techniques allowing the materialization of this representation; the works of art that result from this." Petit Robert Ed. 2002
The term « sculpture » comes from the latin word « sculpere » that signifies « to cut » or « to remove pieces from a stone ». This definition that distinguishes between « sculpture » and « modeling » illustrates the importance given to stone cutting.
"It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.... » Henri Moore