Painters of Pont-Aven at the museum of Brest
29 may 2013 - 5 January 2014
The museum of Brest conserves a set of paintings, drawings, prints and unpublished sculptures by artists from the School of Pont Aven and Nabis. This exposure fed by works brought out of the reserves, shows the place which they hold in the new approaches of the art history.
The set so attempts to show the evolution of artists involved in the influence of Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard, by the theorizations of Maurice Denis and Paul Sérusier. It also reports on recent researches setting Emile Bernard, which the museum preserves 12 works, at the centre of the birth of aesthetics of Pont-Aven, previously assigned exclusively to Gauguin.
It shows what the synthetic forms encircled with an outline, a flat of pure colours, the atypical centrings of their works owe to Paul Sérusier, to Emile Bernard, to Georges Lacombe that the museum keeps a surprising monumental sculpture, also to Armand Seguin, to Charles Filiger without forgetting underestimated Henri-Gabriel Ibels known as the Nabi journalist and Maxime Maufra which occupied a place of choice. The route of the exhibition goes on by a cabinet of drawings with pastels of Claude-Émile Schuffenecker, studies of Henry Moret, a gouache of Jan Verkade and a portrait of Charles Filiger's.
Ode to rain
17 April – 10 November 2013
The rain is the theme explored in this exhibition. It’s translation -often glorified- in Art and its significance in the history of Ideas. Fascinated by the atmospheric manifestations, where Man has no control, many artists who have confronted this challenge of representation. How difficult is it to realize that this element is immaterial and ephemeral.
From the 18th century to our days, the exhibition finds a new vision of the rain thought different forms. Painting, engraving, photography, literary extracts and objects resulting from popular arts associated in space so as to provide visitors in a poetic journey. Alfred Sisley, as much as Paul Sérusier, Henri-Gabriel Ibels or even Eugène Boudin were qualified by Corot, King of skies who have taken this theme to deliver a magnified picture.
These ancient works will be placed in perspective with a contemporary production from evanescent works of Geneviève Asse to the writings of Patrick Tosani about the rain.