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Augustin Rouart. Painting as a legacy

90 min visit

Petit Palais
1 Jun → 10 Oct 2021
From Tue to Sun 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Mon. Nocturnal Fri until 9 pm for exhibitions.

« Profoundly modern works from the donation of the artist's son, Jean-Marie Rouarrt, to the Académie Française. A must-see!  »

The first part of the exhibition brings together the works of the donor's great grandfathers, Henri Rouart (1833-1912) and Henry Lerolle (1848-1929). A major industrialist at the end of the 19th century, Henri Rouart was also a painter and an important collector who contributed to the recognition of artists of his time. Among them were Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and Paule Gobillard, with whom the Rouart family was very close. As for Henry Lerolle (1848-1929), he was a wall decorator who painted silent and intimist canvases in the Dutch tradition of the 17th century. The second part of the exhibition is entirely devoted to the work of Augustin Rouart (1907-1997) and presents some twenty works, eight of which will enter the Petit Palais collections. His paintings, anchored in reality, are a mixture of art deco (inherited from his grandfather?) and a fascination for nature and Japanese prints. All of this gives rise to a deeply humanistic style of incredible meticulousness. Very productive between the 1930s and 1940s, Augustin Rouart painted portraits as well as landscapes and still lifes. This unique exhibition presents the works of Henri Rouart, Henry Lerolle and their grandson Augustin Rouard, as well as those of Maurice Denis, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir. Jean-Marie Rouart's family archives accompany the exhibition, as well as the story Une jeunesse à l'ombre de la lumière, published in 2000 by the writer. With this exhibition and the donation of eight works by Augustin Rouart, the Petit Palais is committed to preserving the artistic memory of the artist's family.


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