Les Nouveaux commanditaires

Nya Uppdragsgivare
Nuovi Committenti
Nuevos Comanditarios
Taiteen Uudet Tukijat
De Nieuwe Opdrachtgevers
New Patrons
Die Neue Auftraggeber
Komanditario berriak

Vitraux - Eglise Oisilly
Marc Couturier

Mediator - Xavier Douroux
Supporters - Commune, Ministère de la Culture et de la communication/DRAC Bourgogne, Conseil Général de Côte d'Or, Sauvegarde de l'art français, Fondation de France
Oisilly, Bourgogne, 1994

The context

For the restoration of a Romanesque church, the oldest parts of which probably date back to the 12th century, the patrons wanted an artist to make stained-glass windows. Artist Marc Coutourier, in collaboration with stained-glass artist Jean-Dominique Fleury, created seven stained-glass windows.

The commission

The public commission of the State has endeavoured to pursue with ambition the tradition of replacing the glass roofs, as well as the commission of the church of Oisilly. But if this time, however, the mediator, often called upon to intervene in such a context, follows up, it is for reasons of great proximity : the artist, of national reputation, comes from the village where his family still resides, as for the mayor and the inhabitants, they see in it the opportunity of a affectionate tribute to the priest in charge of the parish, the very one whose interest for the arts of his time and the tenacious fight he leads at the National Commission on Holy Art.

The master glassmaker is Jean-Dominique Fleury and it is he who helps the artist to transfer the effects of charcoal used to draw herbs and foliage into the glass. For the stellar constellation of coloured stained glass windows, the motif of an aucuba leaf is used.