Galerie Henri SIE, St-Tropez

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Photograph identity of the painter artist Henry Sié Signature of the Painter Artist Henri Sié

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  1. Presentation.
  2. Frederick Vitoux, from the French Academy.
  3. Henry Sié, Opera Lyric Singer.
  4. Henri Sié, Complete Atrist.
  5. Henry SIE, craftsmen in the hands of GOLD (the LYS productions.

A southener, born in toulouse in 1936 where he studied fine arts, Henri Sie

discovered Saint Tropez in the seventies. He was seduced and enchanted by the light and the colours of Provence, falling under the charm of the old village, he opened his galery next to the church in 1987. An enthousiast of painting and music he showed his work at a salon in Paris and at 28 discovered he had a lyrical bariton voice. He was trained by thewell known wagnerian singer.

Germaine Lubin and the melodist Pierre Barnac, and won several international

contests.He sang major baritone operas: Les Noces de Figaro, Don Juan, Carmen, Faust, La Boheme, Manon, etc. Directed by the most prestigious conductors: R. Kubelik, Previtalli, Plasson, in the major international theaters of Munich, Rome, Lisbonne, The Hogue, Amsterdam, The Vatican (with the Saint Cecilia), Royal theater of Versailles.

He also sings in cathedrals and churches on the occasion of numerous concerts

and carries on for his pleasure recitals with his friend the great pianist Yury Boukoff.

In paintings, his preference is for Cezanne, Von Gogh, Carlo Carra and above all

the great pointer Marko who lived in Saint Tropez and who he became very friendly with towards the end of his life . It is him who encouraged Henri to paint without the constraints of "fashions".

Fellow of the association of the Saint Tropez painters, Henri Sie exhibits in many

countries, Japan, U.S.A., Germany where there are many collectors. He enters in the Bénézit book in 1999.

Music and painting are for me a shelter and also a challenge which nothing can

replace, "says he". His punchy works join strentgh, colour, contrasts and light his painting delivers more than a feeling, it is the expression of sceneries throught the strentgh and power of its architecture where reds, ochres, yellows and violets explode like strong musical notes.

Frédéric Vitoux, from the French Academy : Henri SIE ... (next) ( 2 /4)

Extract of the Bénézit (1999):

Born in 1936 in Toulouse ( Haute-Garonne ). XXme century.
Peintre de Paysages.
He was a "Beaux-Arts" landscapes painter of Toulouse.
He went to Paris as a model kit builder.
At twenty-eight years old, he became an opera and concert singer.
He sattled down in Saint Tropez where he opened his own art galerie.
He took part at the salon of the independent in Paris, and at various groups in the region.
His landscapes of the midi are strongly painted with a vivid palette.

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Henri Sié speaks about him :

Born in Toulouse in 1936, Henri Sié studied painting at the famous Beaux Arts

academy while simultaneously pursuing his passion for opera. A baritone, he won numerous international competitions which gave him access to the most prestigious European theatres where he sang the leading role in operas such as Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Faust, La Bohème, Manon Lescaut, etc.
He also gave many concerts with his friend and celebrated pianist, the late Yury Boukoff

His passion for painting, however, always remained with him.

Following his attraction to the South-West of France, where he was bom, Henri Sié fell under the spell of the colors of Provence which come to life in his paintings. ln 1987, he opened his own gallery in the old part of Saint-Tropez near the church tower. Like artists such as Signac, Matisse and many others, he was captivated by the beauty of this part of France which he would emphasize through his works with his use of intense colors.

From his gallery, Henri Sié talks about his past and his passion for painting.

What led you to become a painter ?

Perhaps it originated during my childhood spent amongst the marvellous

landscapes of my beloved South-West. I had a desire to translate the emotions I felt when looking at these landscapes through painting and drawing, It was natural, therefore, for me to go to study at the Beaux-Arts academy in Toulouse where I could be guided on my artistic path with even more love and enthusiasm. My other passion, singing, continued at the same time, though I never stopped painting and drawing.
Opera is not easy : in my opinion, it was essential to be gifted enough to sing leading roles, which seemed to be the case for me.

I have always believed that music and painting could easily complement one

another. The art of music, singing, is just as capable of evoking emotions in an opera, a song or a symphony as a painting can through its subtle colors, whether strong or pale, by expressing their gentleness, contrasts or immediacy.

The association between the two arts has always been indispensible to me and

has, The association between the two arts has always been indispensible to me and has, perhaps, allowed me to know myself better and to understand certain aspects of art that I might never have discovered.

You are a representational artist, Have you ever been tempted to create abstract works of art ?

I like abstract painting a great deal and many artists who do such work :

Van de Velde, Soulages, De Staël and others I know better, like my friends Alain Suby and Joaquin Ferrer. Such art is multi-faceted. In our times, it is considered sophisticated not to be shocked by anything... Everyone is free to express himself as he wishes and that's a very good thing. Nevertheless, it can happen that certain "pictorial phenomena" these days can Ieave the viewer somewhat taken aback because he can't really understand their meaning.
For the moment, I prefer remaining true to myself and I am happy to be able to explore the emotions, the impetus for creating works of art inspired by our beautiful Provence.

Where bave you exbibited your works?

I have had shows in America, Japan, Germany, Paris... Since I've had my own

gallery in Saint-Tropez for more than 20 years, it is difficult for me to lend works to others galleries without depleting my own, at least for the time being.

Why did you cboose Saint-Tropez ?

Saint-Tropez and its peninsula is a place that inspires painters.

Here it is possible to continually reflect in wonder upon its colors and its light, as if they had fallen to earth from on high, and this is a source of great joy to a landscape painter, a kind of pictorial music that constantly renews itself.

Who bas influenced your work ?

Like many painters, I have been influenced by the artist that Picasso once called

"the god of painters" : Cézanne. It would be impossible to name everyone I admire for their diverse talents : Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Braque, Morandi, Carlo Carra and the magnificent Marko ...

To conclude this interview, I would like to quote the marvellous statement by

Braque : "One must simply explore, while taking care not to explain."

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