La houpette, gravure 1/10, 16.5"x24.8", Sophie Sainrapt


Engraving, 1/10, 16.5"x24.8" (Inch)

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La Houpette, 2009

Engraving on erotic poems by Georges Bataille, 1/10

16.5"x24.8" (Inch)



Effeuiller (Husking), her second book published about her work for Pasnic and Renard Pâle publishers.

Laurence d’Ist exhibits erotics works of Sophie in Manoir Martigny in Switzerland. First Salon of Bibliophilia, Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris, with Nicolas du Mesnil, of Pasnic and Renard Pâle.

Sophie devotes all of her work this year to Women of the World, to be exhibited at the Insula Gallery in May 2013 under the title Le Printemps des Femmes (The Spring of Women).


Paris 10e : Effeuiller (Galerie Area)

Paris 6e : Salon de la bibliophilie

Suisse : Etre Ainsi (Being Such) (Le Manoir de Martigny)


Effeuiller, Area éditions , Paris

Poésies rondes du monde (Poetry of the Rounds of the World), Editions Pasnic


Opening of the Insula Gallery, rue Mazarine in Paris, with Entrée en Matière (Introduction), group exhibition involving Sophie.

Beginning of her new theme Femmes du Monde (Women of the World) taking for models women of all colors, shapes and backgrounds. Paintings exhibited at the Insula Gallery.

Renard Pâle Publishing’s launches a limited collection, Secrets d’Atelier (Studio’s Secrets), where Pascal Aubier enters the intimacy of Sophie’s as she paints her Women of the World.


Paris 6e : Histoire d’empreintes (Stories of Prints) (Galerie Insula)

Paris : Qu’est ce que la nature ? (What is nature?)(Galerie 89)

Paris 6e : Entrée en matière (Forewords) (Galerie Insula)

Haute Marne : Alfred Kubin et le dessin contemporain (Alfred Kubin and Contemporary Drawing) (Abbaye d’Auberive)

Paris 6e : Les roses de Saint Germain (Saint-Germain’s Roses) (Galerie de l’Europe)


Secrets d’atelier 2 (Studio’s Secrets N° 2) ; Le Renard pâle éditions

Lettres à l’être, 39 carborandum etchings, with a textby Françoise Monnin, published by Pasnic, Paris


Interview with Véronique Cochois and Véronique Marchal from the Insula Gallery exhibiting Sophie’s work for the first time in a show called Corps Singulier Pluriel, rue des Grands Augustins, Paris. A new book Les Animaux Mythos (Mythological Animals) is published by Pasnic with texts by Christian Noorbergen inspired by her engravings.


Yeosu Art Festival, Korea, driven by Ileana Cornea

Paris 17e : Salon MAC Paris

Paris 11e : Les Animaux Mythos (Animals Mythos) - Les 4 éléments (Four Elements)

Paris 6e : Le Corps singulier pluriel (The Body Singular and Plural) - Galerie Insula


Chair des choses (The Flesh of Things) by Renée Vivien, Les Garces Collection, Le Renard pâle éditions.


From the model’s naked body before her eyes, Sophie most often only transcribes fragments. Charcoal lines join the drippings of the brush: it is with all her body that Sophie paints, with her heart that her feminine nudes transform and exult. Her palette is enriched with warm colors, orange, purple, Indian yellow... exploding and transcending the nude. A naked body’s desire is revealed to us, unveils and hides itself under the wash and the ink.

Sophie creates new engravings out of the erotic poems by Georges Bataille and Pierre Louys. Area publishes Le Rire d’Eros (Eros’ Laughter), this work being finally exhibited at The Area Reserve.

She meets with Patricia Dupuy and Bernard Soria, publishers in love with painting and eroticism. She shares with them a first adventure, the publishing of Clitoris, by Arrabal, accompanied with paintings by Sophie.


Paris : Eros tondos (Area La Réserve)

Paris : Les rires d’Eros (The Laughter of Eros) (Area La Réserve)

Paris : L’art du nu (The Art of the Nude) (Espace Commines)

Antony : Trente ans et quelques (Thirty and some years old) (Espace d’art contemporain E. Beaudouin)


Les rires d’Eros (The Laughter of Eros) (Sophie Sainrapt, Guy Goffette, Pascal Aubier, biographie par Véronique Spahis ; Editions Area, Paris)

Trente ans et quelques (Thirty and some years old) (Marion David ; Editions Pasnic, Paris)

Clitoris, poem by Arrabal ; Le Renard pâle éditions

La Femme (The Woman) (Pierre Louÿs, Sophie Sainrapt, 25 gravures au carborundum ; Editions Pasnic, Paris)

Public collection

Châtellerault : Artothèque


Her work intensifies. She interlaces different moments of inspiration, juggles with materials. She gives birth to Erofables by superimposing her erotic engravings with the fables of La Fontaine, always with Pasnic and her friend Nicolas.

A summer spent in Georgia, with the delights of the Black Sea as well as the eternal beauty of Tuscany gives birth to new sketch books that enrich her inspiration.

Sophie loves painting and painters. Artsénat disappears but she already sees on the horizon the prospect of new exhibitions of contemporary art.


Paris : Solo et Duo (Galerie Anne Lettrée)

Paris : La nuit de Walesgal (The Night of Wallesgal) (Espace Atelier)

Antony : A venir le monde sage (Still to Come a Wise World) (Espace d’art contemporain Eugène Beaudouin)

Paris : Oxygène (Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt)


Sophie Sainrapt, Femme d’aujourd’hui, fille éternelle (Sophie Sainrapt, Woman of Today, Eternal Girl) (Artension n° 39)

La nuit de Walesgal (The Night of Wallesgal) (pour l’exposition) (Ileana Cornea)

L’art du nu (The Art of the Nude) (Francis Parent, Eric Patou ; Editions Patou, Issy-les-Moulineaux)

Eros attrapé par le pied (Eros Caught by the Foot) (Georges Bataille, Sophie Sainrapt, avec un texte d’Ileana Cornea, 17 gravures au carborundum rehaussés à l’or ; Editions Pasnic, Paris)


Exhibition on rue de Seine. A duet with Didier Genty. He appropriates Sophie’s drawings and transforms them with the magic of the digital world.

Another exhibition in her studio, Des Peluches de Charlotte aux Fables de La Fontaine (From Charlotte’s stuffed animals to the Fables of La Fontaine), has many prints inspired by her daughter's toys and the fables of the old master. It will be compiled in a book, Sophie's Choice, edited by Pasnic as always.

A trip to Patagonia makes her travel sketch books useful again. The landscapes will inspire her many drawings and new ceramics.

She organizes an exhibition in her studio for the release of Pascal Aubier’s film, La Ballade du Transsibérien et de la petite Sophie de France (The Ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway of Little Sophie from France).


Paris: Des peluches de Charlotte aux Fables de La Fontaine (From Charlotte’s stuffed animals to the Fables of La Fontaine) (Espace Atelier)

Issy-les-Moulineaux: 7ème Biennale d’art contemporain (Musée Français de la Carte à jouer)

Paris: Duo (Espace Atelier)


Le choix de Sophie (Sophie's Choice) (Jean de La Fontaine, Sophie Sainrapt, 19 prints, texts of the poet written by children’s hands, 12 copies Pasnic Editions, Paris)


La Ballade du Transsibérien et de la petite Sophie de France (The Trans-Siberian Railway Ride of Little Sophie from France) (Pascal Aubier 42 min DV cam, Produced by Pascal Aubier)


It is mainly paper that interests her from then on. The texture of paper, its reactions to the ink and water. Sophie paints with the paper flat on the ground. Her head oscillates from her models to the paper, from the paper to her models.

Watching her daughter Charlotte grow, seeing her gently move from childhood to adolescence, Sophie creates works reflecting this metamorphosis: it will be her Chrysalis, which she will exhibit in her studio.

Pascal Aubier makes a film portrait of Sophie at work and in daily life, which will lead them on the footsteps of Blaise Cendrars: with Charlotte, they ride the Trans-Siberian and go hiding at the bottom of Mongolia. Sophie fills up notebooks with travel sketches, landscapes, portraits, in resonance with her erotic universe.


Paris : Chrysalide (Espace-Atelier)

Paris : Taille humaine (Human Size), Artsénat (Luxembourg Garden’s Orangerie)

Paris : L’art désemmuré (No walled in Art) (ESPACE Univer)

Paris : Libertins, Libertines (Masculine and Feminine Profligates) (Galerie Area La Réserve)


Eternellement nus (Eternally Naked), in Cimaise, été 2006 (Armelle Pineau)

Taille humaine (Human Size), in catalogue, mai 2006 (Christian Gattinoni)


With the help of her friend Nicolas, her work on the animal’s imagery leads to her interpreting with engraving a few fables of La Fontaine.

She works on ceramics: plates, dishes, vases, continuing The Angels and developing there also her erotic inspiration.


Bordeaux : Sens de l’Indécence (Meaning of indecency) (Opendoor Openeyes, festival Novart)

Paris : Labyrinth (Galerie de l’Entrepôt)

Paris : Tour de Chauffe (Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild)

Sainte-Suzanne : Animal et territoire (Animal and Territory) (Château de Sainte-Suzanne)

Public Collection

Châteauroux : Museum


Pasnic publishes The Friends, Women, Hombres around 39 prints of Sophie.

Odile Dorkel introduces her to Pascal Aubier who buys for the first time an etching of hers. Filmmaker and long-time collector, he is passionate about the work of Sophie. Discovering in return Pascal’s films, only visible on old VHS tapes barely watchable, Odile and Sophie decide to finance the transfer of Valparaiso Valparaiso on DVD. Pascal Aubier is bewildered. However, this event will lead him to transfer all of his fiction films and have them edited by Doriane Films. Sophie is the godmother of the project and paints the cover of the box containing the collection at the same time.

The exhibition Artsénat, Animal and Territory is a success that makes Sophie want to etch animals. But the nudes remain the major part of her work.


Beaugency : Les Anges (Angels) (Eglise Saint-Etienne)

Paris : Femmes de papier (Women of paper) (Espace 7 parnassiens)

Bordeaux : Plis, pliages, mirages (Folds, Foldings, Mirages) (Opendoor Openeyes, festival Novart)

Châteauroux : Hommage à George Sand (Tribute to George Sand) (Couvent des Cordeliers)

Beaugency : Labyrinthe (Eglise Saint-Etienne)

Senonches : Animal et territoire (Animal and Territory)

Paris : Et la femme créa l’homme (And the Woman Created Man) (Espace Belleville)


Les nus intemporels de S. Sainrapt (The Timeless Nudes of Sophie Sainrapt), in Verso n° 33 (Jean-Luc Chalumeau)

Le corps humain est le thème privilégié de Sophie Sainrapt (The human body is the favorite theme of Sophie Sainrapt), in Catalogue Labyrinthe (Laurence Debecque-Michel)

Les amies, Femmes, Hombres (Friends, Women, Hombres) (Sophie Sainrapt, Paul Verlaine, texte du poète calligraphié, accompagné de 39 gravures au carborundum ; Editions Pasnic, Paris)

Public Collection

Saint-Amand-Montrond : Musée Saint-Vic


She temporarily sets up her studio in the passage where the Pasnic workshop as well as many artists’ studios are located, Michel Haas, among them.

With Nicolas, she engraves, departing from erotic poems by Verlaine, Women Hombres, and her first book for book lovers.

At the end of the year she moves into her new studio on rue Darboy.


Saint-Amand-Montrond : Femme-enfant (Woman and Child) (Cité de l’Or)


Odile Dorkel, Ileana Cornea (Sophie Sainrapt ; Editions Tiempo, Paris)

Emmanuel Luc (Entretien avec Sophie Sainrapt ; Interview on Artréalité.com)


Sophie begins to concentrate on monotypes and etching thanks to her meeting with Pascal Gauvard and Nicolas du Mesnil du Buisson, founders of the Pasnic workshop, where they put their expertise at the service of artists. Sophie's imagination overflows, ignites, it experiments with all kinds of printmaking techniques, from the oldest to the most modern.

Sophie Sainrapt and Christine Canetti, very lyrical, exhibit together as a duo, a mirror image, it is: L’Autre Moi (The Other Me), at Espace Beaurepaire.

Alin Avila, curator of the 3rd edition of Artsénat, Art or Nature, introduces her to Milshtein, whose painting she finds very touching. This is the beginning of a friendship.


Paris : Androgyne (Androgynous) (Hôtel des Chartreux)

Paris : Autre Moi (The Other Me) (Espace Beaurepaire)

Paris : Tête (Head) (Espace Beaurepaire)


She continues to work on portraits of her daughter but devotes more and more of her time working on the nude, on sensuality and soon on eroticism.


Paris: Webster Gallery;

Paris: Face, identité, profil (Face, Identity, Profile) (Art Témoin Gallery)


Sophie takes the initiative of organizing an important collective exhibition of contemporary art in the Luxembourg Gardens Orangerie, Artsénat that will take place every year up until 2008. She entrusts the role of curator to various original personalities who have a stake in the art of their time. The first exhibition is led by Emmanuel Daydé, who chooses the theme of Garden of Delights. He invites Sophie to present her Angels.

Odile Dorkel publishes Un Fils (A Son) , a novel by her late husband Henri de Maistre found in the papers he left behind, to which Sophie decides to give life.


Paris : Jardin des Délices, Artsénat (Garden of Delights) (Luxembourg Gardens Orangerie)

Nogent-sur-Marne : Tour de Chauffe (City of Artists)


Sophie meets Ileana Cornea and Françoise Monnin, who write about art and artists, and the painters Michel Pelloile, Fabian Cerredo, and Benoit Tranchant. She becomes their friend and finds interest in the work of others, of living people, around her.

Pelloile introduces her to the art of ceramics, to which she will soon devote a part of her talent. She paints, she paints more and more, gradually relieved from the tragedies that have for a while overwhelmed her.


Paris : Les voix chères qui se sont tues (Beloved voices that were silenced) (Orangerie du Jardin du Luxembourg)

Séoul : Seoul 99 Manif (Seoul Art Center)

Paris : Hôtel des Chartreux


Her daughter Charlotte keeps her heart warm and watching her sleep inspires a whole series of portraits: The Angels.


Paris : Bar Les Scandaleuses

Ernée : 39ème exposition d’art contemporain (Prix de la ville d’Ernée)


Many paintings in memory of her husband, in which the faces disappear, decompose. She also turns to collages of papier maché on canvas.


Paris : Mes amours décomposées (My Disfigured Loves) (Galerie Bréda)

Paris : Artists’ studios (Les filles du Calvaire)

Paris : Galerie Etienne de Causans


Moved by the painful memory of her mother’s death, she realizes a series of monotypes on violence, collapse and absence... She will exhibit it at the Luxembourg Gardens' Orangerie.

Then she turns to sculpture, nudes and bronze heads: The Crying Woman is a reminder of her mother.

And suddenly, another misfortune occurs: Henri de Maistre dies, at the age of 39, leaving her alone with her daughter.


Paris : Figures (Galerie de l’Arbre Vert)

Paris : La femme qui pleure (The Weeping Women) (Orangerie du Jardin du Luxembourg)

Paris : Group Art en Seine (Galerie de l’Arbre Vert)

Paris : Artists’ studios (Les filles du Calvaire)


She sets up of her first studio, rue des Filles du Calvaire. Her paintings and drawings revolve more and more around the representation of the feminine body. Oil taking too much time, she opts for acrylic. She starts using also pencil, charcoal, liquid materials. Exhibits at the L'Arbre Vert (Gallery, invited by Odile Dorkel, met at Haspa’s studio, and joins the group Art on Seine.


Paris : Nus féminins (Feminine Nudes) (Galerie de l’Arbre Vert)

Paris : Groupe Art en Seine (Galerie de l’Arbre Vert)

Guiry-en-Vexin : Femmes (Women) (Château de Guiry)


Birth of her daughter Charlotte de Maistre. Happiness again.


Sophie learns tempera, paint preparation with egg, and then gradually trains in acrylic.

Sudden death of her mother. Sophie, deeply upset, expresses her pain in her work, where tears can be seen everywhere.


As she continued to deepen her formation, she developed her interest in materials and techniques, paintings, drawings, and prints ... she exhibited for the first time in Paris, Artifice, at Emmanuelle Tharreau’s Gallery.

It was then that Sophie encountered a tall man with blue eyes, a writer and a poet, Henri de Maistre, whom she marries.


Paris : Galerie Artifice



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