Musée d'Orsay: Drawings by the Pont-Aven School

Drawings by the Pont-Aven School

Between 1886 and 1896, French and foreign artists gathered in Britanny around Paul Gauguin : Emile Bernard, Paul Sérusier, Charles Filiger, Georges Lacombe, Louis Roy, Francesco Mogens Ballin, Maxime Maufra, Jan Verkade, Claude Emile Schuffenecker... They entered posterity under the name of "the Pont-Aven School". Pont-Aven was a picturesque town neighbouring Concarneau in the Finistère (Britanny).

Well-known as painters, they are less often known as draughtsmen. This documentary exhibition, which gathered around fifty drawings, aimed at presenting them to the public in this respect. Each one according to his temperament, they tried to bring out shapes and spaces by large and simplified strokes that followed the outlines and aimed at the essential.


Arlette Serullaz, chief curator, Département des Arts Graphiques of the Musée du Louvre

21 March - 28 May 1989
Musée d'Orsay

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