Mougins honors Roger Vergé with a sculpture by artist Peter Engels.
World famous French chef Roger Vergé died in June 2015. Peter Engels was commissioned to create Vergé’s large sculpture that has a permanent place in Mougins, the beautiful old village just outside the mondain Cannes in the South of France.
Five Michelin star chef Roger Vergé was the father of the “nouvelle cuisine” together with his famous friends Paul Bocuse and Gaston Lenôtre. In his restaurants “Le Moulin de Mougins” and later “l’Amandier” he cooked lighthearted, healthy and natural dishes combining fresh and local ingredients. He called the simple but artfully prepared dishes “La Cuisine du Soleil” and “La Cuisine Heureuse”.
He was loved by celebrity guests like Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone and John Travolta. Movie stars escaped the rat race of the Cannes film festival to dine at his restaurant in nearby Mougins. Gault Millau described Roger Vergé as the archetype of the French chef.
Peter Engels says: “Roger Vergé loved art. He would have loved seeing his own sculpture in his home village. Very few people remember that he played a part in the film “Monet’s Palate” alongside Meryl Streep. To create Roger Vergé’s sculpture to be permanently positioned in the village of Mougins is a great honor.”
During “Les Etoiles de Mougins” Peter Engels painted Roger Vergé’s portrait that is exhibited in Galerie d’art Lifetime in Mougins.
“Saint-Tropez”, Vintage Sculpture of Brigitte Bardot, pink powder coated aluminum, 100 x 100 cm – 39.4 x 39.4 inch. Signed: Peter Engels. This sculpture was made after Peter Engels’ painted portrait of Brigitte Bardot.
These pink and silver powder coated aluminum sculptures were commissioned. This compact size allows these pieces of art to of fit in any home, office or gallery. A very original work of ones children, by Peter Engels
People close to Jordanian Queen Rania, commissioned a sculpture of her made by Antwerp artist Peter Engels. The impressive metal sculpture of this remarkable lady was flown to the capital Amman. Queen Rania was particularly pleased with this unique artwork that, right after receiving it, she wrote Peter Engels a beautiful warm letter, thanking him.
When Mandela turned 90 artist Peter Engels painted Mandela’s portrait and ended up on the world’s largest billboard on Times Square owned by news agency Reuters. That was early summer 2008 on Mandela’s birthday. Late 2010 the painting was sold to an art collector on the primary market. The buyer said: “Rarely we have encountered an artist who was able to create such a remarkable portrait of an icon.” Later this sculpture in brown powder coated aluminum was created by Peter Engels after his Nelson Mandela painting.
Title: “Bonds Or Shares?”, Vintage Sculpture of the 6 James Bond actors Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. The sculpture is made by Peter Engels after his own paintings. Installation 200 x 200 cm – 79 x 79 inch, grey and anthracite powder coated aluminum.
“Saint-Tropez”, Vintage Sculpture of Brigitte Bardot, in Corten steel. This monumental sculpture was made after Peter Engels’ painted portrait of Brigitte Bardot. Dimensions: 300 x 300 cm, 118 x 118 inch.
Watch how harmonious the water background fills in the airy spaces of the sculpture. Title: “Bond #1”, Vintage Sculpture of Sean Connery, anthracite powder coated aluminum ca. 100 x 100 cm – 39.4 x 39.4 inch. This sculpture was made by Peter Engels after his painted portrait of Sean Connery.