Fantastic! Visionary print from Goya to Redon

Fantastique ! L'estampe visionnaire de Goya à Redon

Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, 75008
Admission: EUR 10 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 17/01/2016
Opening Times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 2100
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
The late opening on Friday is for the exhibitions only. Closed on 1st May, 14th July, 15th August, 25th December.
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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.

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