Exhibition Eugène Isabey (1803-1886)
Of streets and strands
from July 5, 2012 to September 17, 2012
Eugène Isabey, Etude de barque à Etretat
© RMN (Musée du Louvre) / Thierry Le mage
This exhibition on Eugène Isabey presents the novel exploration of the landscapes of Normandy and Brittany by an artist whose palette and fine technical skill give us a new perspective on the spectacle of nature.
Eugène Isabey (1803-1886) enjoyed a reputation that never waned: his prolific work ensured his posterity with no need for a late “rediscovery” of his talent. Son of Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855), the most famous miniaturist in the Napoleonic Empire, Eugène ardently made his own name for himself: the precision and suave delicateness of the father was matched by the rich palette and generous touch of the son. A romantic dramaturge, Eugène Isabey immediately orchestrated immense shipwreck scenes. Open to innovations from across the Channel, he also succeeded in renewing the art of landscape lithography to reveal an Auvergne every bit as tormented as the Scotland of Sir Walter Scott. Isabey also borrowed a penchant for period costumes from the literature of the time. His lustrous evocations of the Court of Elizabeth or the last Valois earned him a following eager to find his transfigurations of the pomp and splendor of the Second Empire.
Featuring selections primarily from the vast holdings of the Department of Prints and Drawings, this summer exhibition focuses less on the production of capes and swords as the artist’s novel exploration of the shores of Normandy and Brittany. From Étretat to Saint-Malo, this tormented vision of the ragged shores, battered by the winds or beaten by the sun, serves to remind us that behind the gouache and watercolor virtuoso lies an authentic artist, the kind who makes us look at the spectacle of nature with a new eye, a lesson both Jongkind and Boudin took to heart.
Christophe Leribault, Musée du Louvre, Department of Prints and Drawings
From July 5 to September 17, 2012
Sully wing, 2nd floor, rooms 20-23
Open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Included in the museum ticket: €11
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