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Monfreid sous le soleil de Gauguin

Monfreid sous le soleil de Gauguin : George Daniel de Monfreid (1856-1929). Hommage à Gauguin, 1925. Huile sur papier marouflé sur toile. Perpignan, Musée d’art Hyacinthe Rigaud. Photo Musée d’art Hyacinthe Rigaud / Pascale Marchesan.   

The exhibition

Monfreid under the eye of Gauguin

Monfreid explaining himself by Gauguin, and Gauguin imposing himself thanks to Monfreid. How can we talk about one without mentioning the other? The answer of the Hyacinthe-Rigaud museum is to highlight the least known artist of the two while not neglecting his colleague. Self-portrait in the white jacket, oil on canvas by George-Daniel de Monfreid, appears as the beginning of everything, the beginnings of his entry into the world of art thanks to the exhibition Volpini organized by Gauguin in 1889, but also a prelude to a friendship that will continue until after the artist’s death. The presence of Paysage de Lozère (Vareilles) testifies to the evolution of Monfreid’s style, which will not cease to make his practice evolve following the sometimes negative remarks of the postimpressionist painter. The exhibition brilliantly updates a friendship so powerful that it has, dare we say, revolutionized the history of art.

Excerpt from the article by Lolita Fragneau published in the N°102 de la revue Art Absolument. Published on the 13th of July 2022


25/06/2022 - 06/11/2022