Marie Paule Deville-Chabrolle's bronze sculptures, with their iridescent patinas of blue-green and amber, have the suppleness and grace of a young woman, gentle and silent, always the same and yet always different. She came to France to study at the Beaux Arts in Pau, then toured the world, and from each journey, each encounter, she enriched her own vision of the world and of herself, borrowing from each culture she encountered a little of the breath that has since inhabited her work. It's a long way from Morocco to Asia, from Asia to Africa, from Africa to French Guiana, then back to France, where she settled somewhere in Burgundy, amidst blonde stones and sun-drenched hillsides.Along the way, Marie Paule Deville-Chabrolle studied, observed, gleaned inspiration. Each time, the images and different traditions have nourished a new emotion, a different way of seeing and conceiving.This artist has found in the female body, whose roundness, softness, grace and suppleness she seeks, the essential material for her work. Whatever pose she gives them, we find the same right proportions, the same balance, the same curves, generous without excess, the same desire for tenderness.the shape of the body is so perfect, the grain of the skin so smooth, so silky, that nude or dressed in a light drape sliding over the hips to emphasize the curve of the silhouette, they seem dressed in light.There's a great deal of silence and contemplation in Marie Paule Deville Chabrolle's work, with still faces and gazes veiled by lowered eyelids. Why these eyes that never look at us, closed on a life of mystery and secrecy? These faces are as impervious to emotions and feelings as the bodies are smooth, the hairstyles impeccable, the attitudes sober and discreet. Marie Paule Deville-Chabrolle is the author of the Marianne de l'an 2000, today's symbol of the French Republic. Her work can be found on all five continents.