Sculpture Open Call

Denis Diderot Sculpture Garden


Chateau Orquevaux

"First of all, move me, surprise me, rend my heart; make me tremble, weep, shudder, outrage me!
Delight my eyes, afterwards, if you can... 
Whatever the artform, it is better to be extravagant then cold."
- Denis Diderot - Artist, writer and Philosopher (1713 - 1784) 
- Diderot was a frequent guest of Chateau Orquevaux
mostly to visit his daughter, grandson and son-in-law. - (see history)
Considered the "first" important art writer of our time,  Denis Diderot was well suited to the task of observing and recording, but, with art, he took the process of cataloguing one step further and crafted the art of judging in his "Salon writings". Diderot's way of seeing art has influenced all art critiques to this day and led the way in the modernization of art by placing increasing value on individuality, passion and creativity.
For 150 years quite a bit of Denis Diderot's unpublished manuscripts were stored at Chateau Orquevaux. 
In 1929 The New York Times published an article that the manuscripts "...will finally see the light of day..."
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