Denise The Dantec
(born in 1939, in Morlaix
lives and works in Paris)

Denise Le Dantec is a French poet and artist. Associate of Philosophy at the Sorbonne, she has published around thirty books, many of which are devoted to the aesthetics and history of gardens.
Working between Ile Grande (Côtes-d'Armor) and Paris, she is the author of a varied selection of works, poetic, philosophical and novelistic, which are translated into many languages. She has also contributed to the PUF Philosophical Dictionary and the Robert Cultural Dictionary.

Painter and sculptor, she follows a plastic training with three major artists: Josephine Chevry, a French sculptor who obtained the Grand Prix of Rome in 1966, Albert Diato, a painter, ceramist and poet, and Piza, an engraver. During her stay in Holland, she met Lucebert; a poet, painter and draftsman, who will make her discover the CoBrA movement, to which she will adhere.

Denise Le Dantec received the St Fiacre Prize, organized by the Association of Garden and Horticulture Journalists. France Culture dedicated to her a program produced by Catherine Soullard entitled "The hen house roses". She is also a member of SACEM, as a songwriter, and has directed several short films.

"The sculpture itself is practiced by Denise Le Dantec with an obvious sense of space, form and material. A completely personal universe emerges from her
works, a universe that appears as an opposition to a threatening outside, the will to conspiracy and domination of this threat "
Lionel Richard, journalist at Literary Magazine and France Culture

Exhibitions selected

2017 - Ailleurs est ici, Ecole des Filles, Huelgoat

2014 - Ramène ta fraise !, Françoise Livinec Gallery, Paris

2012 - Noces à Tipasa, Cité du Livre Albert-Camus, aix-en-Provence

2002 - Les Tombées de la nuit, Maison Internationale Rennes, Rennes

2001 - Exposition personnelle, Gallery Maeght, Barcelona, Spain

Selected works:

2011 - Roses célébrations, artist's book in collaboration with Vonnick Caroff

2011 - Herbes Médicinales, Ruiz edition

2010 - L’Homme et les herbes,  Apogée edition

2007 - Les Jardins et les Jours, éd. du Rocher

2004 - Encyclopédie poétique et raisonnée des herbes, Bartillat editions

2002 - Le Journal des roses, Bartillat editions

1998 - Le Roman des jardins de France : leur histoire, Bartillat editions

1990 - Reading the French Garden, MIT Press


Prix de la Société des Gens de Lettres

Prix Poésie - Bretagne

Prix de Poésie - Wuhan, Chine

Prix Saint Fiacre