RENÉE JEANNE SEILHEAN
(Bordeaux, March 18, 1897 – Cadaujac, June 20, 1990)
She received her professional art education at the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux from François-Maurice Roganeau. Then she trained in Paris (until 1940) at the National School of Fine Arts, at the Ranson Academy, at the Scandinavian Academy. Her masters were Paul Baudoüin, Othon Friesz, Roger Bissière, Jules-Emile Zingg. There also met painters, in particular in the movement of the School of Paris.
Back in the 1920s, Renee Seilhean became a painter of still lifes and landscapes. She drew her inspiration from the picturesque views of the south-west of France (the port of Bordeaux, the Arcachon Basin, Pyrenees), the Spanish Basque Country and Venice. She also specialized in painting portraits and female silhouettes. From 1923 she exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français, of which she became a member. She also participated in the Salon d’Automne , the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts.
Since 1930 he has been a member of the Society of Southern Artists. She regularly exhibited in galleries and salons of Bordeaux (Society of Friends of the Arts of Bordeaux from 1919 to 1939, Salon d’Automne of Bordeaux from 1946, Salon Indépendant Bordeaux in 1949, Galerie des Amis des Lettres, Salon de l’Oeuvre), as well as in her own studio ( l’Atelier) at 46 rue Turenne.
Since 1945 member of the Society of Independent Artists and the Regard group founded by JJac Belaubre (since 1956).
In 1945 she received the prize of the Academy of Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Bordeaux.
In 1930 she was appointed professor at the School of Fine Arts of Bordeaux. Among her students were: Marie-Henriette Bahans, Alain de Condé, Philippe Dubois, Marcel Dubuc, Alain Lequesne, Jean Jose Parsons, Martine Pinsolle.
A square in Bordeaux, in the heart of the Cité de la Bombes, south of Saint-Jean train station, is named after her.