Marianne du Crêt-Vaillant

TITLE: Marianne du Crêt-Vaillant

Technique: PAINTING


LOCATION: Grande-Rue 10


[Text currently being finalised] In the historic district of Crêt-Vaillant, at number 10 Grande-Rue to be precise, Ukrainian artist AEC interesni kazki has created a fresco dedicated to a Locle heroine, Marianne Besancenet, better known by her pseudonym Marianne du Crêt-Vaillant.

In the 15th century, during the Burgundian Wars (1474-1477), soldiers in the pay of Charles the Bold, 4th Duke of Burgundy, frequently raided the Le Locle valley, which belonged to Jean d’Arberg II, Lord of Valangin.

In 1476, armed Burgundians invaded the town and sacked it. Showing great courage, the women of Crêt-Vaillant forcibly repelled them. One of the fiercest of them, Marianne Besancenet, routed the attackers by throwing a raging bull at them.

In 1861, Frédéric-Alexandre-Marie Jeanneret, known as « Abbé Jeanneret » (1834-), published a text recounting « the bitter defeat inflicted on the Burgundians » by intrepid women. In the light of this warlike tale, one might think that Crêt-Vailant owes its name to the bravery of these heroic Locle women. However, this is not the case. The word « vaillant » actually derives from the presence of a family of the same name who have lived on the « crêt » – or « top of the village » – since the 14th century.

History repeats itself

© exomusée – August 2023 – Redaction: François Balmer – Translation: DeepL

« La Saboulée des Bourguignons »
Lucien Grounauer (1906 Genève-1997 Neuchâtel)

Grande-Rue 10


Aec interesni kazki

Renowned for his striking visual imagery, Aleksei Bordusov aka Aec Interesni Kazki is a Ukrainian artist whose surrealistic works grace walls across the globe. His bright, intriguing murals—inspired by science, religion, mythology, cosmology, myths and times past—are filled with color, and often accompanied by black and white drawings . Aec’s highly detailed pieces appear like they come from a fairy tale populated by colorful imaginary creatures that often seem to be in motion. The comparison with fairy tale characters is not unintentional as his nickname Interesni Kazki literally means Interesting Fairytales .

Aec Interesni Kazki got basic knowledge and skills of drawing and painting during his studies in architecture at Art Academy. Upon graduation, he realized that he doesn’t want to pursue a career as an architect but wants to focus on art only. It was in the late 1990s that he started painting on the streets of Kiev as a part of graffiti crew. However, after several years of experimenting with graffiti, he got bored of it. In 2005, Aec teamed with Waone in creating pieces composed without traditional graffiti lettering. Inspired by murals from other parts of the world, and in particular, Brazil, Aec and Waone formed Interesni Kazki duo that became known for their unique style of contemporary muralism. Merging science fiction, fantasy, and ukrainian traditional culture, they created their own dreamlike universe inhabited by mysterious subjects. After more than a decade of fruitful collaboration and numerous street pieces made by Interesni Kazki, the duo split in May 2016 and both Aec and Waone decided to follow their dreams as solo artists

Over the years of artistic work, Aleksei has developed his own technical skills, and moved from stylization to more realistic/surrealistic and anatomic images, focused on colors, their shades and forms. Although he experimented with different techniques, he realized that the traditional paint brush technique gives him more opportunities than others, so today he mainly works with brushes and acrylics paints on the murals. But the main part of his time Aec dedicates to the studio working. He works on canvases and paper, using acrylics, watercolor, ink and oil paints.

Through his striking artworks, Aec shows an amazing artistic ability to create allegorical and figurative artworks without using direct imaginary, so people can understand it free, in their own way, according to their own imagination. He considers a creation of art as “an opportunity to understand mystical reasons of The Universe” as well as to rediscover topics that range from science and history to religion and myths in his own way. Aec’s signature narrative-like style works can be found on walls throughout Europe, as well as beyond, in Australia, USA, Puerto Rico, India, Brazil, and many more. Aec had his solo exhibitions in galleries in Italy, United States, and France. His works participated in many group shows in different galleries across the globe. Some of Aec’s pieces are represented in the museums.

(source: artist’s website)

© exomusée – August 2023 – Redaction: François Balmer – Translation: DeepL


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