Marie Détrée was born in Saint-Malo into a family of sailors. After graduating from the Beaux-Arts de Paris, she was appointed official painter of the Navy in 2010, a prestigious title and French cultural exception that has existed since 1830. Thanks to that, she can sail on navy boats at the discovery of the seas of the globe. The embarkations are always a source of inspiration nourishing her maritime culture and her artistic passion.
At the end of these trips, on the strength of her experience, Marie devoted herself to writing a book for Chasse-Marée / Glénat editions, La grande menagerie du bord, abundantly illustrated with her gouaches. Her book Bateaux en Bouteille (May 2015) published by Tutti-Frutti is a book of cut outs, a nod to her many wanderings. In 2018, she created for the Maritime Museum of Tatihou a coloring album echoing the museum’s collections. In 2022, Marie embarked on the creation of children’s albums: The invention of Sundays (Rouergue-Actes Sud), With my stick (Editions A Sunday afternoon) and Very dear ghosts (Editions Tiret du 6). The post office also ordered several stamps from her, whose subjects vary between landscapes of the Kerguelen Islands, the missile cruiser the “Colbert” or a patrol boat from St-Pierre & Miquelon.
The artist masters oil paint, gouache and felt. These last two are her favorite techniques for capturing her works on the ground, combining bright colors capable of rendering all the lights, and the ideal lightness for traveling companions. Her painted work has been honored in numerous collective and individual exhibitions, and since 2023 Galerie Robillard is proud to present the original illustrations of her books for young people.