15 Mar → 8 Sep 2019
Every day from 10 am to 6 pm.
Georges Dorignac is one of the many artists that history has put aside but that art history has never really forgotten. These artists put on the bench can be resurrected as an old manuscript rediscovered in a drawer. On reading it, or even re-reading it, one (re)discovers all the flavours, beauties and coherence of a work that made the artist's success in his time. Gathering nearly 80 works, half of which have never before been presented to the general public, the exhibition reveals the variety of the artist's styles and techniques and his dazzling mastery of the line, which make Dorignac's work a unique ensemble with a rare aesthetic. The exhibition highlights the striking "black" leaves that have made its reputation. "Dorignac sculpts his drawings," Rodin said. Remarkably powerful and expressive, this series of drawings with contrasting models has always been enthusiastically received by artists, critics and collectors of the time. Dorignac is not an amateur, he is a seasoned artist, trained in fine arts and who began his career with a work of impressionist and pointillist inspiration. Millet, Signac or Seurat are among his masters. In 1901, he settled in Montmartre and around 1910 invested the city of the artists of La Ruche where he was closely linked to Modigliani and Soutine. Participating in the cosmopolitan effervescence of the Ecole de Paris without belonging to it, he took a singular and independent path, drawing his inspiration from Roman, Oriental or medieval art.