Hélène de Beauvoir in the Gulf of Poets

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“Between River and Sea” is an art exhibition with works by French painter Hélène de Beauvoir. She created these paintings in the Gulf of Poets, when she was in her house in Trebiano, a village near Sarzana and within the Montemarcello-Magra Park.

[Source/Photo credit for the top image:  Galerie Hammer Regensburg]

Her paintings can be viewed free of charge between 3 December 2016 and 15 January 2017 in “La Capannina di Ciccio” in Bocca di Magra, one of the places she used to visit most frequently when she was spending time in the province of La Spezia. After that date, the exhibition will become itinerant, touching villages like Arcola, Sesta Godano, Lerici, Bolano and Calice al Cornoviglio, and including paintings by other artists too.

Painting by Hélène de Beauvoir
A painting by Héléne. Image from laspezia.cronaca4.it

Sculptor Walter Tacchini currently owns the house that Hélène de Beauvoir bought with her husband back in 1963. The protagonists of the exhibition are fifteen paintings that had never left the studio in this house, prior to this event.

“Between River and Sea” is curated by Walter Tacchini and Marco Ferrari, and organized by the Regional Nature Park of Montemarcello-Magra in collaboration with the municipalities of Ameglia and Arcola, the Demetra Association, and with the support of the Liguria Region.

Trebiano in Liguria, Gulf of Poets
The village of Trebiano near Sarzana. Photo by Davide Papalini.

The event is part of a circuit called “Artists in the Park” (Artisti nel Parco), conceived to promote different intellectual testimonials that loved the Gulf of Poets, including Einaudi, Calvino, Bompiani, the Shelley’s and Lord Byron – among others. Once Hélène de Beauvoir bought her house in the Montemarcello-Magra Park, Trebiano became a French enclave with illustrious visitors, such as writer Simone de Beauvoir (Hélène’s sister),philosopher Jean Paul Sartre and journalist Samy Simon.

Hélène de Beauvoir was born in 1910 in Paris and died in 2001 in Goxwiller, a German city where she presided the center for abused women. Her paintings were related to feminism philosophy and women’s issues. She painted until she was 85.

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