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L'art et l'usine. Raymond Gosselin (1924-2017) et la sculpture

Abstract : This article concerns Raymond Gosselin (1924-2017). The first part presents the biography of this artist, from his youth in the Cotentin to his recognition in the communist city of Le Havre. At first as a painter and draftsman, he turned to metal sculpture. The second part of the article focuses on his sculptures made with auto parts. It is based on a survey conducted in March 2018 in city of Le Mans, where Raymond Gosselin realized in 1986, at the request of the work council of the Renault factory, an automobile sculpture in collaboration with workers. The authors met the head of the works council of the factory at the time and three of the workers who had contributed to the operation. The clouded memory of this story, the destiny of the sculpture itself, sent to the smelter, are like an echo to the evolution of this industrial site today in crisis. Through this case, it is a reflection on the questions of the relationship between art and factory and, more generally, democratization of art projects in the 20th century.
Mots-clés : sculpture usine
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Gwenaële Rot, François Vatin. L'art et l'usine. Raymond Gosselin (1924-2017) et la sculpture. Artefact : techniques, histoire et sciences humaines, 2020, 11, pp.201 - 252. ⟨10.4000/artefact.4796⟩. ⟨hal-02954562⟩



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