Lerat, Jacqueline

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Bonneville (Haute Savoie)
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Jacqueline Lerat-Bouvet is born in Bonneville (Haute Savoie) on December, 2 1920. In 1939 she visits the École Municipale de Dessin in Mâcon. In 1940 she continues her study in the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. One year later she opens her studio in Saint-Laurent-Les-Mâcon. In 1942 taught by Anne Dungar. She worked for a short while with Paul Blijer in La Borne in 1944. In 1945 she opens with her husband Jean Lerat (1913-1992) their first common studio in La Borne (FR). In 1955 they moved their studio to Bourges. Here they worked again with a new wood-firing kiln. From this point on they left the traditional ceramics and started to experiment with ceramic sculpture in more abtracted forms. From 1966 until 1988 Jacqueline is professeur de céramique at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Bourges.

Pictures: Jacqueline Lerat in La Borne; Jean and Jacqueline Lerat (source m.sevresciteceramique); Jacqueline at elder age (source Galerie Besson, London); Jacqueline in her garden (photo F.Goalec); sculpture Mother-Child (source Gallery Capazza); Colonne décalée, 2006 (source Galerie Besson, London); work untitled, appr. 2006 (source Galerie Besson, London); two publications.

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Jacqueline Lerat is well known for her bouquetières. Later her work became more sculptural and abstracted. 

  • Noël, Bernard, Jean et Jacqueline Lerat, céramistes, coll. Le Pré, 1994.
  • Lerat, Jacqueline and Anne Dangar, une rencontre, 1942-1951, 1991.
  • Hadorn, Jeanne, L'Être et la Forme, rencontre avec Jacqueline Lerat céramiste, Prix FIFAV, 2008.
  • De l''Epine, Arnauld a.o., 8 artistes & la terre; text by d'A. de l'Épine, Jean-Pierre Thibaudat, Germain Viatte, 2009.
  • Noël, Bernard a.o., "Jean et Jacqueline Lerat", témoignage de Bernard Dejonghe, postface de Gérard Capazza, Galerie Capazza, 2012.
  • Moderne Keramik aus Frankreich: 1970 bis 2000. Aus der Sammlung Kermer. Theodor-Zink-Museum, Wadgasserhof, Kaiserslautern, 2014 (Catalogue d'exposition: 11 octobre 2014–15 février 2015), 2014.