De Senlis, Séraphine

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de Senlis, Séraphine Gender: F
Louis, Séraphine
born on 3 September 1864 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Arsy, France, 49n2406, 2e4058
Timezone LMT m2e4058 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Michiels
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 10°51' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 01°35 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 25°49'

Séraphine de Senlis
photo: Albert Benoit (according to the text) * Photo: Jean-Pierre D, license cc-by-2.0


French painter in the naïve style. Self-taught, she was inspired by her religious faith. Alongside her arduous day jobs as a housekeeper for middle class families, Séraphine painted by candlelight, largely in secret isolation. Her considerable body of work was discovered in 1912 by German art collector Wilhelm Uhde.

Séraphine's works are predominantly rich fantasies of intensely repeated and embellished floral arrangements. She used colors and pigments that she made herself from unusual and exotic ingredients she never revealed but have stood the test of time for durable vividness.

In 1932, Séraphine was admitted for chronic psychosis at Clermont's lunatic asylum, where her artistry found no outlet. Although Uhde reported that she had died in 1934, some say that Séraphine actually lived until 1942 in a hospital annex at Villers-sous-Erquery, where she died friendless and alone. She was buried in a common grave.

Séraphine Louis's paintings are exhibited in the Musée Maillol in Paris, the Musée d'art de Senlis, the Musée d'art naïf in Nice, and the Musée d'Art moderne Lille Métropole in Villeneuve-d'Ascq.

In 2009, the French biographical film Séraphine by director Martin Provost won seven César Awards, including Best Film and Best Actress for Yolande Moreau who starred in the title role. The film explored the relationship between Séraphine and Wilhelm Uhde, from their first encounter in 1912, until the death of Séraphine

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • compare to chart of Moreau, Yolande (born 27 February 1953). Notes: Moreau starred as Séraphine in movie


  • Family trauma 1865 (lost her mother when she became 1, lost her father at 7)
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1912 (Wilhelm Uhde)
  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 1932 (admitted at Clermont's lunatic asylum)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 11 December 1942 at 9:00 PM in Clermont (Age 78)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

BC available online:

Birth and death certificates in Didier Geslain archive, 'sculpteurs' pdf file, pp. 62-63.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Mental Illness
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Misc. : Cleaning service
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women