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Georges Bruyer. Engraving the war

40 min visit

Musée de la Grande Guerre
19 May → 22 Aug 2021
From Wednesday to Sunday, from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Closed on Tuesday

« A new exhibition, a real discovery of the work of this soldier-artist!  »

Bruyer, a painter, engraver and ceramist, had already acquired a certain notoriety when the war broke out. He was mobilised and was one of one of the thousands of soldier-artists thrown into the war. He fought on the Aisne front until July 1915, when he was wounded and evacuated, and then became a painter assigned to the army in 1917. This exhibition shows a set of images of the front as well as figures of combatants where the harshness of the conflict is softened by of the conflict is softened by the compositions of an artist with an accessible style and by his empathy towards his his contemporaries. Through 130 works, ranging from oils on canvas drawings and sketches, as well as engravings (etchings and woodcuts) and engraving dies, this original exhibition shows the evolution of Bruyer's work in parallel with his career as a man and a combatant in the heart of the conflict. conflict, is an example of how an artist, while remaining descriptive, moves away from from the simple account of the soldiers' daily lives to propose a more important search for decorative effects decorative effects and a more marked desire for graphic construction.


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