Victor Hugo House
10 Jun → 21 Nov 2021
From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Monday.
As free and sincere as his texts, Victor Hugo's drawings are incredibly modern. They are both impregnated with the reality that surrounds them and at the same time confronted with the intimate imagination of the poet. Powerful and dreamlike, they reflect the personality of Victor Hugo, a solitary dreamer and a committed man. He strives to represent the romantic sublime by observing nature. Moral and political satire sometimes took over, leading to the production of more grotesque drawings. Through these drawings, discover the poet in his entirety: his artistic friendship with Célestin Nanteuil, a French romantic painter, engraver and illustrator; his engraving studio where many of his drawings were engraved; his first (and probably most passionate) collector, Juliette Drouet. All these aspects are surprising and revealing of a self-taught and passionate character. The fragility of the drawings and the rarity of some of the sheets make this a unique exhibition not to be missed!