10 Jun → 1 Nov 2020
Every day from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Nocturnal Friday until 8:30 pm.
What if, one day, a voice revealed itself to you, guiding your hand to create images and poetry and announcing a painter's destiny? This is what Augustin Lesage, Victor Simon and Fleury-Joseph Crépin experienced. All three of them from the North of France, coming from modest backgrounds and that nothing predestined painting, experienced spiritualism. Born in the United States in the middle of the 19th century, the spiritualist wave became a real social phenomenon. It reached Europe during the wars of 1870, which led many people to try to make contact with the deceased and to communicate with the spirits. From there singular artists were born. Their works are true spiritual edifications, combining disparate influences - Christian, Hindu, Oriental. Of great plastic quality, executed with exceptional meticulousness, they are said to be directly influenced by the spirits. This exhibition allows us to explore this little-known movement: it thus returns to the origins, the great figures, but also the survival of this spiritualist movement, through the work of these three painters and many of their contemporaries.
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