"Jacqueline Et Jean Lerat, Maternity"Jean (1913-1992) and Jacqueline (1920-2009) LERAT, Maternity, large sculpture in beige sandstone. Signed JJ LERAT, Guillaume Bourges label, in perfect condition. Jean Lerat and Jacqueline Bouvet met at La Borne in 1943, they decided to pool their experience, that of sculpture for Jean, that of popular arts for Jacqueline. Supported by collectors, institutions and the Rouard gallery, they rely on the quality of local clay and a SÈvres type oven with an aland tree built for Paul Beyer who finished his life in this village They are developing a production of coins unique. They create useful pieces, characters often of a religious nature, a bestiary and vases. From 1954, they evolve towards a more abstract representation of nature. Their installation in Bourges with a more functional workshop and a larger oven allows them to produce larger pieces with more diversified enamels. In 1965, they abandoned utility objects and salt cooking. At the same time they are developing a teaching of ceramics at the National School of Fine Arts in Bourges. From 1970, they devoted themselves to sculpture. Jean continues his bestiary and the creation of dreamlike landscapes. The body and nature hold a great place in their expression. When Jean died in 1992 Jacqueline developed a refined vision of the stability of bodies. Jacqueline is Knight of Arts and Letters, Jean is Knight of the Legion of Honor. Given their training from the 1930s, Jean Lerat first drew on the decorative arts movement. Their visit to La Borne strengthened Jacqueline's interest in the popular arts. The Romanesque and Gothic statuary was a source of reflection. From the end of the 1940s, subscribing to André Bloc's magazine "Art of today" and frequenting Parisian galleries convinced them of the power of expression of abstraction in modern society and of the role of architecture and design. From these elements they created their own language, each keeping their identity hidden behind the common JJLERAT signature. The result is a classic synthesis of modernity expressed through their loyalty to La Borne clays and the use of local firewood which has protected them from the traps of technology and fashion.