The Eugène Boudin Museum reopening, on June 25th, 2016.
Important works intended to secure the building began in 2015 and continue in 2016.
For that reason, the museum is closed to the public until June 25th, 2016 and prepares a presti-gious exhibition on the theme Childhood in the Era of the Impressionists (1860-1910) taking place as part of the third « Normandy Impressionist Festival ».
Musée Eugène Boudin, Honfleur – 25 June – 3 October 2016
Childhood in the Era of the Impressionists (1860–1910)
The portrait is the theme of this year’s edition of the festival Normandie
Impressionniste. Rather than presenting a limited or reductive illustration
of the subject, the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur, faithful to its tradition, has chosen to focus on a particular aspect of the portrait: childhood and youth during the Golden Age of Impressionism, in an exhibition that will pay homage to the diversity of the artists on display.
Rather than simply a series of portraits, the exhibition will also include genre scenes where children are the focus of attention. This double-edged approach has the advantage of illustrating the various stages of childhood within both a familial setting (birth, childrearing) and social context (baptism, communion, etc.), and highlights the way in which the different artistic currents explored and treated these subjects. Special attention will be given to works bearing a connection to Normandy, with paintings by Eugène Boudin, Félix Cals and Alexandre Dubourg, showcasing the theme of childhood against a maritime background. In the period stretching from Edouard Manet’s pictorial exploration in the 1860s to the calling into question of figurative painting, even as early as pre-World War I, a number of different artistic currents or strands co-existed.
Their comparison reveals the extent to which a uniform or progressive reading of art is impossible, as well as highlighting how certain subjects could be treated differently according to the aesthetic of their creators. Furthermore, we see that artistic revolution did not necessarily equate with social revolution. For example, visitors will see how the upper-class children painted by Morisot are completely unaware of the misery experienced by their contemporaries, as depicted in the paintings of Fernand Pelez.
The exhibition will also enable visitors to gain an understanding of how the variations in white in the dress of the communicant painted by Jean-Joseph
Weerts were, at a certain time, more innovative than the woman reading, painted by a certain Pierre-Auguste Renoir, eager to perpetuate the tradition.
Thanks to the support of several first-rate museums, including the Musée d’Orsay, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille and La Piscine, Musée d’art et d’histoire André Diligent in Roubaix, as well as the generosity of many private collectors, the exhibition will present over sixty artists—French, as well as foreign painters who came to work in France, such as British artist, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Belgian painter, Alfred Stevens. Each has at least one work on display (the exhibition features approximately 80 paintings in total), ranging from Jean-François Millet to Auguste Renoir.
All of the artistic currents that developed around the time of Impressionism (Monet) will be represented: academicism (Carolus-Duran), realism and naturalism, Symbolism (Émile Bernard), Post-Impressionism, as well as works by some pioneering individuals from the early twentieth century (drawings by Albert Marquet).
Each of the works exhibited will have a corresponding entry in the catalogue,
detailing the artist and situating the particular work in his career, as well as the social and artistic context in which it was created. Regardless of the artist in question and his particular conception of painting, visitors will discover that the painting—the portrait of the child or adolescent—is imbued with a certain sense of nostalgia, which in turn encourages visitors to reminisce on the emotions of their own childhood.
(Exhibition Curators: Anne-Marie Bergeret and Dominique Lobstein)
Useful Informations :
Opening hours: daily from 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 6pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Entrance fees : Full price: €7.50 -Reduced rate: €6 Groups of over 10 persons, holders of the Normandie Impressioniste festival card, jobseekers, people with disabilities. Free: Under 16s.