Ainsi soit-elle

On 2 November 2019, artist Maïté Duval died. She is the creator of the striking sculpture Ainsi-Soit-Elle. A female beauty, lying on her ped…

On 2 November 2019, artist Maïté Duval died. She is the creator of the striking sculpture Ainsi-Soit-Elle. A female beauty, lying on her pedestal looking into the world. A typical image of Duval, who wants to take people to a world of robust shapes and movement. The sculpture has been in place since September 1994. It was offered by the management of de Koppelen BV to the then municipality of Beek en Donk. The occasion was the opening of the indoor swimming pool De Koppelen, now Ezzy's. The artist Duval was born in Renazé, France and studied literature at the University of Rouen. In 1968 she settled in the Netherlands (Zutphen), where, from the early 1970s on, she devoted herself to sculpting. She did not follow any training for this, but taught herself. The sculpture Ainsi-Soit-Elle (literal translation is; 'As she is') is not a unique sculpture. It can also be found in Apeldoorn (1995) and Breda (2007), but the one in Beek en Donk was the first one Duval made. "I modelled it in clay and made a mould of it, so that you can cast the bronze several times," Duval said.

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