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Colombine de Forville welcomed us into her apartment, which also serves as her art gallery for little ones!

Children need to be constantly stimulated in order to develop and grow. Art is a universal means of expression and allows them to become aware of the world around them! This back-to-school season, Artsper met with Colombine de Forville in her apartment, or rather her gallery, Les Petits Collectionneurs. She is devoted to encounters between art and childhood, and creates the most enchanting prints; real works of art that both young and old can keep for a long time. Artsper invites you to meet this founder, and to discover an interior that looks like paradise for little ones.

Artsper: You come from a family of artists and collectors, how did this lead you to publishing works of art?


Colombine: As the granddaughter and daughter of art book publishers, artists and printers, I had the chance to immerse myself in the artistic universe since I was little. Now I want to pass this cultural experience on to my children, to arouse their interest in pictures, help them develop an artistic sensibility and share their emotions.

My children are the driving force behind the development of my company, they confirm daily that these images play a very important role in their imagination.

So I went to find talented artists and we worked together to create images that were suitable for children. Because nothing is too beautiful for them, I have these illustrations printed in the family printing press, most of them on period machines (lithography), for an incomparable result. These unique works are published in limited edition, with around 50 copies to ensure their rarity and value.

Artsper: How important is the aspect of made-in-France craftsmanship to you in your work?

Colombine: It is primarily for the sake of guaranteeing the quality of our products that we collaborate with one of the ten last lithography workshops in France, which prints artists of international renown.

By promoting privileged channels for the qualitative diffusion of our works, we bring value to our products and consequently to our brand, and we value French artisanal craftsmanship and heritage.

Artsper: How did you come up with the idea of bringing art into children's rooms?

Colombine: Four years ago, I created the art publishing gallery Les Petits Collectionneurs, with the idea that children could be introduced to graphic arts from a very young age. Because I'm convinced that it is never too early to begin loving art, I set my heart on offering adapted graphic works made by talented artists. They add a creative and decorative touch to kids' bedroom walls! And the child is rewarded by being offered a rare, beautifully crafted object that they can appreciate and keep over time.

Artsper: Children have a lot of imagination, do your children have a role to play in Les Petits Collectionneurs?

Colombine: Today, my children are the driving force behind the development of my company: through their huge curiosity for the Petits Collectionneurs paintings hung by the hundreds here at home, they confirm daily that these images play a very important role in their imagination.

To discover a beautiful illustrated album is to learn that an image can have several meanings; to acquire an art print is to learn to appreciate the sensual dimension of an image.

Artsper: Does growing up surrounded by artwork foster a taste for art in your children? Have you introduced them to art other than through the Petits Collectionneurs, like taking them to a museum?

Colombine: Artistic sensibility is not innate; it is acquired through each individual's “cultural experience". Hence the importance of a child's cultural environment - “beauty is in the eye of the beholder", Oscar Wilde - and of accompanying artistic practice. New forms of beauty can be developed in young and older children so that they can learn from them.

I accompany my six year old son to plastic art workshops; he practices watching, reproducing and interpreting the world he sees, expressing his first ideas, desires and amazement that he feels in everyday life or in his imaginary world.

I am also convinced that nature and a certain form of idleness are fertile ground for stimulating cognitive and intellectual capacities, and to cultivate their creativity.

Artsper: Animals seem to be one of the preferred subjects of the Petits Collectionneurs; is that a personal choice, or the choice of the artists you collaborate with?

Colombine: Absolutely, the Petits Collectionneurs catalogue is a real zoo-graphy because I wanted to make my children happy; they are passionate about animals and I don't think they're the only ones...

Artsper: Living in Paris, do you like to go to Parisian art institutions with your children?

Colombine: I take great pleasure in retracing the steps of my childhood with my children, going to the “Egyptiens" at the Louvre, the Grand galerie de l'évolution and the Musée Jacquemart André…

There's such a variety here in Paris; and we take advantage of it as much as we can! 

I prefer institutions which organise plastic art workshops around their exhibitions, so as to introduce my children to art by having fun (Arts décoratifs de Paris, Foundation Cartier, Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Musée Jacquemart André, Musée de la Chasse et de la nature etc.).

And because we are passionate about illustration and graphic art, we like to wander around 104, Artazart, Musée de la Poche, La Reguliére, Artyfamily etc.

I would like to give my son three days of work experience at the Drawing Lab (an art centre dedicated to drawing) workshops, to introduce him to etching. Training for lithography will take more time, and will be at home in our Uzétien workshops.

Artsper: Finally, what advice would you give to other parents wanting to introduce their children to art from a young age?

Colombine: Visual (or auditory) perception is the first stage of any aesthetic experience; so I think it's important to protect them from a world saturated with images that are meaningless to them. More specifically, not flicking through but instead paying attention to each adapted image in order to decipher its meaning. To discover a beautiful illustrated album is to learn that an image can have several meanings; to acquire an art print is to learn to appreciate the sensual dimension of an image (thanks to the quality of the technique, paper medium and care taken).


Their favourite artworks

Steffie Brocoli, Mood Palace, Print

Steffie Brocoli

Mood Palace, 2016
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 184

Noémie Cédille, La cabane dans la jungle - FRAMED / ENCADRE, Print

Noémie Cédille

La cabane dans la jungle - FRAMED / ENCADRE, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 80

Noémie Cédille, La cabane perchée - FRAMED / ENCADRE, Print

Noémie Cédille

La cabane perchée - FRAMED / ENCADRE, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 80

Severine Monsonégo, Toucan - encadré, Print

Severine Monsonégo

Toucan - encadré, 2016
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 104

Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 1, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 1, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 184

Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 2, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 2, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 184

Jessica Das, Micro Méga, Print

Jessica Das

Micro Méga, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 184

Camille Chevrillon, Collection au crayon, Print

Camille Chevrillon

Collection au crayon, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 104

Camille Chevrillon, Collection à la plume - FRAMED, Print

Camille Chevrillon

Collection à la plume - FRAMED, 2015
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 184

Alice Ricard, Maroola - WHITE FRAMES, Print

Alice Ricard

Maroola - WHITE FRAMES, 2016
25.6 x 39.4 inch
Print

$ 295

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Singes, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Singes, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

Sold out

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Oiseaux, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Oiseaux, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

Sold out

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Renards bleus, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Renards bleus, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 104

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Ours blanc - FRAMED, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Ours blanc - FRAMED, 2017
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 104

Alice Ricard, Pensée, Print

Alice Ricard

Pensée, 2017
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 184

Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 2, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 2, 2014
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 104

Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 1, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 1, 2014
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 104

Jessica Das, Micro Méga, Print

Jessica Das

Micro Méga, 2014
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 104

Agathe Singer, Un jardin au printemps - WHITE FRAME, Print

Agathe Singer

Un jardin au printemps - WHITE FRAME, 2017
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 135

Agathe Singer, Un jardin d'hiver - WHITE FRAME, Print

Agathe Singer

Un jardin d'hiver - WHITE FRAME, 2017
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 135

Troy Henriksen, Paysage urbain, Print

Troy Henriksen

Paysage urbain, 2012
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 430

Virginie Morgand, Saute-Mouton, Print

Virginie Morgand

Saute-Mouton, 2012
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 172

Virginie Morgand, Chat-perché, Print

Virginie Morgand

Chat-perché, 2012
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$ 172

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Flamants roses - FRAMED, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Flamants roses - FRAMED, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 74

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Jungle Éléphants - FRAMED, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Jungle Éléphants - FRAMED, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 74

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Jungle Éléphants - FRAMED, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Jungle Éléphants - FRAMED, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 74

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Jungle Panthères - FRAMED, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Jungle Panthères - FRAMED, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 74

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Pingouins - FRAMED, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Pingouins - FRAMED, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 74

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Aigles - FRAMED, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Aigles - FRAMED, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 74

Alice Ricard, Tendre Bestiaire - Hérons - FRAMED, Print

Alice Ricard

Tendre Bestiaire - Hérons - FRAMED, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 74

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