George Desvallières, body and soul painting
Published on the occasion of the George Desvallières exhibition, la peinture corps et âme at the Petit Palais from March 15, 2016 to July 17, 2016.
Continuing its cycle dedicated to the rediscovery of the masters of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Petit Palais is pleased to present the first retrospective dedicated to the painter George Desvallières (1861-1950), bringing together 90 works (paintings, drawings, stained glass, tapestries...) from French museums and private collections.
A man of commitments and struggles, George Desvallières is an extraordinary personality who plunges us into the creative universe of the inter-war period. His powerful style is embodied in the figures of a heroic antiquity and then in the profound expression of a faith fuelled by the ordeal of the 1914-1918 war.
A profane painter in his early days under the patronage of Gustave Moreau, Desvallières showed his independence from academic teaching at a very young age and a curiosity for all forms of art. His style evolves towards a critical naturalism that depicts the cosmopolitan nights of London and Montmartre. His involvement in the founding of the Salon d'automne, inaugurated in 1903 at the Petit Palais, marked a turning point in his career. This salon will welcome the avant-gardes of fauvism and then cubism that George Desvallières will defend in the face of the unleashing of criticism.
When maturity came, the artist regained his faith and defended, with Georges Rouault, a militant and social Christianity underpinned by Léon Bloy's strong personality. Battalion commander during the Great War, he was one of the first artists, on his return from the front, to portray the incredible experience of the fighting. His spiritual quest, fuelled by his painful experience of the war, made him one of the most active defenders of the renewal of sacred art, training a young generation of Christian artists alongside Maurice Denis.
Hailed in 1937 at the exhibition of the "Masters of Independent Art" organized at the Petit Palais, Desvallières' work is once again highlighted at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. The exhibition follows the evolution of his art over a period of 60 years. The originality of his painting is revealed by his constant tension
between body and mind, the flesh and the spirit.
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- Museum :
- Petit Palais Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
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- 22,2 × 28 × 1,9 cm
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- Publication :
- Mars 2016