Season Filluel Heise is a painter whose long immersion in the world of French painting has yielded an oeuvre of fashionable and decorative images of modern Australian life.
Her debt to the French Fauvists, particularly to Raoul Dufy, is apparent, for within her works one can draw parallels to Dufy's Bouquet de tulips et anemones or to the Feuillages et Perroquets and especially to Le bouquet de lys.
The impressionist landscape painters, Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro have also influenced her profoundly. Her style also reflects the Classical Japanese wood prints which became popular in art circles in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century.
As you would expect from such a committed painter, Season has developed her own distinctive approach to floral arrangements with such innovations as foreshortened perspective and the use of washes of colour.
The brightness of Seasons palette envelops objects in atmosphere, she paints with colour and movement. She is a master of depicting a calm grandeur, an extraordinary unity, a subdued radiance. Her intimate studies are sympathetic, elegant and trendsetting.
It is little wonder that Season's French influence is substantial, her ancestry on her mother's side goes back to the Filluel's from Rouen in Normandy. Durand Filluel, an ancestor in the thirteenth century was the Mairie in Normandy. Season Filluel's scrapbook is held by the Societe Jersiaise and the Societe des Antiqiaires de Normandie. Interestingly, her favourite French painter, Raoul Dufy also lived and painted in Normandy.
The Musee Saint Gregorie at Cordes-sur-Ciel is pleased to be associated with Season Filluel Heise whose dazzling works continue to fill collections the world over.
William J Hackwell/ BA, MA,PHD
DIRECTOR Musee Saint Gregoir. Corded-sur-cell. 81170