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Storms and shipwrecks. From Vernet to Courbet

90 min visit

Musée de la Vie Romantique
19 May → 12 Sep 2021
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Monday.

« Enjoy the calm before the storm: prepare to be overwhelmed by your emotions!  »

For this eventful exhibition, the Musée de la Vie Romantique has selected some sixty works from the productions of more than thirty artists between the 18th and 19th centuries. The sea, violent and oversized, wonderfully retranscribes the restless feelings of the artists. Gales, threatening clouds, violent waves and shipwrecks form dramatic settings that reveal the artists' inner selves while leaving the spectators admiring and terrified. This is what is known as the sublime: as an aesthetic concept, it is a current that is forming in 18th-century British philosophy. Although it had its roots in German Romanticism, it became a major current in European painting from the beginning of the 19th century. Thanks to the grandeur of nature, artists were able to express their tormented feelings in the best possible way. Dive into the maritime storms from the beginning of the events to the dreaded shipwreck thanks to an original scenography! You will remain stranded in front of the paintings and drawings of Joseph Vernet, Théodore Géricault or Gustave Courbet. The stormy writings of Victor Hugo, Alphonse de Lamartine and Denis Diderot accompany them, to name but a few! Finally, a sound atmosphere accompanies the exhibition to complete the visit: the greatest literary texts on the theme of the storm are read by Guillaume Gallienne of the Comédie Française, with music selected by the Médiathèque musicale de Paris.


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