Thanatos (1989)

1°) Gallery of the THANATOS series

2 °) More information on the series

This series “Thanatos”, on the theme of suffering and death, was created at the time of my father’s death, in the summer of 1989…

That year, the whole family was present to surround the father during his last months of agony. I had come to join them, and during the day, I participated with the others in the various cares and attentions which were brought to the patient. During the night, I took pieces of clay that I exploded with anger in my hands. A whole multitude of figurines, imprinted with pain and revolt, came out against physical decline and the misunderstanding of human destiny. Over a hundred small sculptures emerged during this difficult period. It was at the end of this summer that I decided that I would be a sculptor and that I would officially show, not only these sculptures there, but all those that would come after…

Most of these sculptures, personal and fierce, I kept in my secret archives, but this theme has come to be enriched year after year with new expressionist pieces which all tell, to different degrees, this tragic aspect of our common destiny .