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Gilbert Bellan, Clemenceau's painter

55 min visit

Clémenceau Museum
17 Sep → 1 Feb 2020
From Monday to Sunday from 2 pm to 5:30 pm.

« A tribute exhibition of a friendship between two men who have survived the ordeals of a century! ON-SITE TICKET  »

Painter, in turn, of the Treaty of Versailles, the ruins of the Great War, the Victory of 1918 or the Liberation of 1944, Gilbert Bellan (1868-1951) was a witness and relay of History, with a capital H. He admired Péguy, Barrès, Foch or de Gaulle! but above all he considered himself in the service of Georges Clémenceau. From 1922 onwards, the painter was entrusted by the latter with a mission: to accompany him on a peaceful retreat, from Paris to the Vendée coast, and to transcribe the last images that he entrusted to him. First of all, the old trees of the Veillon wood in which the Tiger can be recognized, "titanic holm oak", a true Ancestor. Then, for the skies and seas of the Vendée that are dear to him, he trusts Bellan to be directly part of the heritage of Monet, a great friend of the politician. This collaboration was an early tribute to the former president. In a touching sketch, the spectator sees the solitary silhouette of Clémenceau facing the sea. This exhibition offers a selection of works that bear witness to a fruitful friendship between a talented artist and a politician in the evening of his life.


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