François-Rupert CarabinBookshelves© DR - RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR
Does the combination of honest realism and perverse subtlety displayed by Rupert Carabin (1862-1952) display the career of an Alsacian transplanted to Montmartre, or does it, on the contrary, display a Germanic dream revisited by a "brother in debauchery" of Toulouse-Lautrec ? Against Carabin's regionalism was opposed modernity in his exploitation of the qualities of his materials : bronze (the Loïe Fuller
series, 1896-1897), sandstone (Fountain-basin
, 1897-1898) but, above all, wood, which he cut, dipped in linseed oil and thumb-patinated (Dr Montandon's Bookcase
, 1890, Musée d'Orsay).
This documentary exhibition, partly derived from that which was organised by Nadine Lehni and Etienne Martin in the Strasbourg museum (F.R. Carabin 1862-1932
, January - March, 1993), displayed all the techniques he practised, sculptures, art objects, drawings, photographs.
Curators Anne Pingeot, general curator, Musée d'Orsay and Philippe Néagu, curator, Musée d'orsay.