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In the land of monsters, Léopold Chauveau

60 min visit

Paris
Musee d'Orsay
10 Mar → 28 Jun 2020
Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Thursday until 9:45 pm. Closed Monday.

« Set off to discover the fascinating world of this little-known artist! »

What would you say to exploring a strange, singular world, populated by monsters with chimerical shapes and bodies gathered on themselves, with serious or innocent looks, almost astonished to exist? No fear, they won't scare you! On the contrary, they will invite you to enter with them the original world of Léopold Chauveau (1870 - 1940). This sculptor and illustrator was long forgotten, until his grandson donated him to the Musée d'Orsay. A doctor by profession, he found refuge with imaginary companions whom he created relentlessly. In sculpture, his monsters are reminiscent of medieval gargoyles or Japanese influences. In drawing, his characters are represented in a naïve style, within simplified but explicit decorations. He illustrates classics such as the Roman de Renard or Les fables de la Fontaine and writes children's books with fantastic characters. This exhibition is an ideal opportunity to get to know the personality, life and work of Léopold Chauveau. Playful and well-built, it is made for young and old alike.

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