Séraphine de Senlis

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Last weekend my mother and I watched the 2008 movie Séraphine , about the life and art of Séraphine de Senlis. The movie was a bit broad and quick but beautifully showcased the art of an artist of whom I had never heard. Yolande Moreau is incredible in the role -- primitive, powerful and enchanting. The movie plays up the primitive or naif aspect of her art -- strongly representing her as a visionary artist with religious fervor which is really just a pure and childlike devotion to the Madonna. It's a beautiful story about a woman who was an artist first, not a personality.

I'm hoping to draw from her beautiful colors and composition to design something for a new embroidery project.