in the Arts
an encyclopedia and you will find at least one Pilon whose accomplishments
have earned him a place in world history: Germain Pilon.
This XVIth century French sculptor, whose family originated in the Mans
area of France, left a number of exquisite works which documented the French
nobility of the time or which graced public buildings. Germain Pilon
is one of the most notable artists of the French Renaissance. That
he was a Pilon there is no doubt, but his connection to the Pilon tree
is not known. Several web sites provide images of some of his better
known works and biographical information about this very important artist.
Follow these links:
English-language biography B-Thumbnails
of important works
Pilon was born in the late XIXth century in Slovenia and in 1970,
died in that country where he played a very important role as an artist.
His works include paintings (watercolours and pastels from the period of
his imprisonment; in 1923 he first exhibited his oil paintings characteristic
of which is the sharp realism of Neue Sachlichkeit), graphic art (with
a note of social criticism), photography (in Paris he also did photographs
of famous artists) and illustration. He was also a writer (he wrote about
exhibitions and his life) and a translator. What branch of the Pilon
tree might he have occupied?
this link to visit the Pilon Gallery in his Slovenian hometown of Ajdovö?ina
Van Gogh was Dutch and there is no information to link him to the Pilon
family of Holland. However, in 1890, Van Gogh was in Auvers-sur-Oise
in France and painted an oil canvas which he titled "La Maison du
Père Pilon". While we cannot know for certain which
building is actually the Pilon home (is could be the small windowless house
in the middle of the larger two-storied home partially hidden by the large
tree to the right of it), it is nonetheless an opportunity to share an
artist's view of a scene which was very ordinary to some distant cousin
of ours more than a century ago in a small village of France.
the chapel atop the Rocher du Saint Pilon, which is part
of Massif of Saint Baume, one can see the Mediterranean Ocean. The
view is spectacular. It is in this area that it is said that "Mary
Magdalene took retreat in a cave at the foot of Saint Pilon,
after having converted the inhabitants of Provence" .
But the view of this summit is also very impressive from a distance and
served as inspiration to Paul Cézanne in 1887-1888 when he painted
the Pilon du Roy.
Do you know about other Pilon artists or Pilon art? Please
let us know!