Story of the little snake - Léopold Chauveau
An atypical personality, Léopold Chauveau (1870-1940), parallel to his activity as a doctor embraced by family obligation, took refuge very early on in a strange artistic universe, as singular as it was original.
A sculptor, illustrator and author of books for adults and children, he was long forgotten by art history, before a donation from his grandson to the Musée d'Orsay in 2017 brought his name back into the limelight.
He began sculpting around 1905 and soon monsters became a leitmotif of his production, in both sculpture and drawing.
This is the story of the Little Snake that will be told to today's children in a new edition:
"One day, a little snake was disobedient and insolent. His mother said to him:
- Don't stick your fingers up your nose!
And he answered:
- First there's only one!"
And so the little snake, trying to escape his mother's wrath, lost his paws and began to crawl. That's how, since then, all snakes are born without legs!
Exhibition at the musée d'Orsay (Paris) from 10 March to 29 June 2020
32 pages / 20 illustrations
Rmn-Grand Palais / Musée d'Orsay