Louis Durot was an interesting character. He worked as an engineer and also studied organic chemistry, but also made many friends in the are world. Through these friends, he got to know the famous French artist Cesar. Cesar was interested in working with polyurethane foam, but it was unstable and difficult to control. Durot used his chemistry skills to develop a more stable polyurethane that was easier to control and held its form, and Cesar went on to create his famous “expansions”.
Durot was also interested in working with the polyurethane that he had developed, and produced three dimensional sculptures, usually with surreal forms, such as giant carnivorous plants, mushrooms, and interesting furniture like this chair, which translated as Seated Tongue.
Durot’s work was exhibited at Salon Batimatin Paris. For the full story of this eccentric artist, see our bio about him.