Ernest HébertThe Girls of Alvito© RMN-Grand Palais / Franck Raux
As one of the events marking the centenary of the death of painter Ernest Hébert (1817-1908), the Musée Ernest Hébert in Paris and the museum in La Tronche are putting on an exhibition of Hébert's paintings of Italian peasants, a theme particularly dear to the artist.
The spirited models, dressed in traditional costume, have an almost "exotic" even savage charm.
Isabelle Julia, director, Musée National Ernest Hébert, Paris
Laurence Huault-Nesme, director, Musée Hébert La Tronche, Isère
Exhibition also presented at the Musée Hébert in La Tronche from 17 May to 3 November 2008