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Henri Landier. Requiem for the Barthélemy

45 min visit

Meaux
Musée de la Grande Guerre
19 May → 31 Aug 2021
From Wednesday to Sunday, from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Closed on Tuesday

« An intimate exhibition, soft and colourful at the same time, to visit with the family  »

In 2010, the painter and engraver Henri Landier discovered in the town of Fuveau, at the foot of Mount Sainte-Victoire, a monument to the dead surmounted by a statue of Marianne imploring the sky with rage. The names of eleven members of the Barthélemy family are engraved on the monument. The artist, born in 1935, was marked by the conflicts that shook the 20th century: he bears the first name of a cousin who died on the eve of the Armistice, as a child he experienced the exodus and the suffering of civilians during the Second World War, and he listened to the war stories of his friend, the poet Pierre Mac Orlan. From then on, he painted with frenzy and sincerity, transcribing his memories and those told to him by Pierre Mac Orlan. At the heart of the exhibition is a selection of Henri Landier's most striking memorial works, which express his humanist vision and his love of life in relation to the misfortunes and hopes of men at war.

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