Sculpture is the art of bulges and hollows, the art of representing shapes in the play of light and shadow.



Apart from a large variety of ceramic artifacts, exclusive home lighting and fancy garden objects, the 380 square meters, light-flooded gallery, houses the life-size bronze sculptures as well as numerous smaller bronze plastics created by Iris Rousseau.

All year round other works of contemporary and internationally well-known painters are also presented here. The repertoire shown ranges from oil paintings, pastels, and chalk designs, to lithographs and photographs.

Also gaining in popularity are the artist couple’s guided tours through their studio, workshop and garden.

Here Iris Rousseau and Eduard van Leeuwen candidly show their working materials, tools, silicone forms and plaster negatives as well as positives; and explain in a descriptive manner the labor intensive procedure of the complete process involved in the casting of a bronze sculpture.


For all those who are interested in my art.

With this book, I hope that I will be able to take you with me into another world, into the world of art: to immerse you in the wonderful craft of a sculptor and to bring you closer to understanding the elaborate technique and the development and creation of a bronze sculpture. Here I also answer all questions that have been put to me over the past decades about its technique.
The work begins with an idea, a visual inspiration, and of course a sketch.

My book leads you step by step through the different developmental work stages, right up to the completion of a sculpture.

These work processes represent for me much happiness, creative energy, curiosity, tension and excitement, but in between there are also times of doubt and frustration. In addtion, it is important for me to complete a project I have started.

Every sculpture comes with its own story, with varied emotions and memories. Aesthetic and harmony are paramount to me. My artistic creations constantly give me great pleasure and gratefulness.

Together with my husband Eduard, we have managed with our art to fill our house and our exhibition rooms with vibrant soul and inspiration. This provides us with blessed relaxation.


My latest bronze sculpture
‘Chantalle de Paris’

She stands under the light of a street lamp on the entrance steps of the metro, leaning against an Art Nouveau railing.

The hat can be removed.
Illumination is done with a small LED light.
Total height is 72 cm.


Opening reception 4. July 2015

Opening reception 2. November 2013