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Le Petit Palais features two major exhibitions following the theme of Fantasy through prints. This one presents 170 works from Goya to Redon through Delacroix and Gustave Doré, belonging to the French National Library.
The theme celebrates the terrifying world of fantasy and through those visionary prints introduce the visitor to the universe of engraving and lithography during the nineteenth century. From the macabre to the fantastic bestiary, from the uninhabited landscape to the representation of the dream or nightmare this is the triumph of the black!
This immersion in fantasy art follows a chronological path. Introduced by the contemporary video of Agnes Guillaume, the exhibition highlights the tutelary figures who influenced the history of printmaking and were viewed and reinterpreted by writers of the nineteenth century.
The exhibition also seeks to show how the fantastic inspiration evolves over three successive generations of artists. The first period places Eugène Delacroix as the central figure of the Romantic generation of 1830. His prints are veritable manifestos tables of black and white romance marked by the influence of Goya, important at that time. His motives are spreading in workshops and stimulate the imagination of artists, the silhouette of the devil invaded the prints.
The second section discusses the neo-romanticism around Gustave Doré, the most emblematic artists of this current: evidenced in particular compositions for Dante's Inferno published in 1861. Finally, the exhibit closes with the presentation of boards of Odilon Redon particularly with Dans le rêve that opens the way of symbolism.
With this presentation, the public will discover the works of the great masters of printmaking as Delacroix, Grandville, Gustave Doré, Rodolphe Bresdin, Charles Méryon, Odilon Redon and Félicien Rops but also lesser-known artists such Alphonse Legros, François Chifflart, Fed- lix Buhot Eugene Viala or Marcel Roux. Their artistic production then in common to highlight a "dark romanticism" that feeds on the very matter of the ink of the writer.
Eugène Delacroix was a French Romantic artist regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school. Delacroix's use of expressive ... read more
Francisco Goya was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. ... read more
"Paul" Gustave Doré was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving. He was born in ... read more
Odilon Redon was a French symbolist painter, printmaker, draughtsman and pastellist. Born in Bordeaux, Aquitaine, to a prosperous ... read more