Musée d'Orsay: François Garas "My Little House"

François Garas
"My Little House"

"My Little House", East Facade, Night
François Garas (1866-1925)
"My Little House", East Facade, Night
Pastel, crayon et rehauts de gouache
H. 48,5; W. 76 cm
© Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

"My Little House", West Facade, Sunrise
"My Little House", South Facade, Snow
"My Little House", North Facade, Sunset

"Ma petite Maison", façade est, nuit ["My Little House", East Facade, Night]

At the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1909, when François Garas presented his great design for a Temple of Thought dedicated to Beethoven, consisting of a model, an oil painting and numerous designs in watercolour and pastel, he also sent in a model and drawings relating to a small construction that he had been thinking about since his early exhibitions: My Little House.

Set at the side of the temple, it was for those who wished to turn away from the constraints and desires of daily life, and expressed some guiding principles: aspiring towards the infinite, the ideal and the absolute, but adopting complete simplicity in everyday life and material needs. His entire submission was accompanied by an explanatory brochure, in which he describes My Little House as follows: "I imagine it built at the foot of the buttresses of the Temple of Thought, as if under its protection, thus realising, in the clear antithesis of my two compositions, the poet's dream: To unite the dream of great things with the peacefulness of a modest existence".

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