Loul Schopfer (07.18.1922 – 01.03.2004), Swiss artist, born in the Vallée de Joux, has dedicated her life and work to creating a dialogue between drawing and sculpture.
She studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne under the teaching of Casimir Reymond, Marcel Poncet and Charles Chinet.
In 1954 she obtained the Federal Fine Arts Grant which allowed her to stay in Paris and work side by side with the sculptor Marcel Gimond.
In 1955 she definitely set up her studio in the canton of Vaud where she illustrates poet books, draws and sculpts characters.
The creative universe of Loul Schopfer, through her drawings and sculptures, is inhabited by poetry, silence, memories and absences.
Her artworks, elaborated from photographic documents carefully collected by the artist during her life, are impregnated with the never-ending search of the essence of a soul. By virtue of this quest we owe her many terracotta portraits of great painters and authors of the twentieth century. In Loul Schopfer's drawings and sculptures, we see Roud, Beckett, Rembrandt, Klee, Picasso and even Giacometti come to life, whose influence can be seen not only in his portraits by the artist but also in the treatment of the material.
Loul Schopfer's graphic and sculpted works can be found in many private and public collections, including those of the City of Lausanne, MCBA and the Jenisch Museum. Her artistic career has included a large number of exhibitions, notably in Neuchâtel (Galerie Ditesheim), Vevey (Arts et Lettres, Musée Jenisch), Martigny (Fondation Louis Moret) and Lausanne (La Proue, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts).
In 1994 a large retrospective exhibition of her work was held at the Jenisch Museum.
José-Flore Tappy, local poet, devotes a book to her "Loul Schopfer, The fertile night".
The same year the artist received the Wilhelm Gimmi Foundation Prize.