It is said he brought the « power of the imagination to Europe ». Mainly thanks to his illustrations… Gustave Doré has illuminated a big part of the 19th century with black, verve and humour! Discover the « Doré » way of life thanks to the beautiful exhibition the Musée d'Orsay dedicated to him until June 5.
It is true that the Musée d'Orsay is a cult place for all those who love 19th century art in Paris. The former train station revisited as a museum was the ideal place to present this big exhibition about Gustave Doré (1832-1883), mainly celebrated for his incredible etchings of the works of Dante, Rabelais, Hugo or Balzac.
Original or imaginary. This time, in stead of just stopping at the illustrations that may have made the French artist famous, the exhibition meticulously reveals all the other sides of his work and his talents. From drawing to painting, from watercolour to sculpture. Often original or imaginary, the inspiration of Doré is expressed in all ranges of emotion!
Before becoming Republican, France was royal, and even imperial. One Empress has even become the French favourite for her modernity and sense of beauty. Coming spring, the small but endearing Musée du Luxembourg pays tribute to Joséphine, wife of Napoléon 1st and Empress. Enough imperial reasons to rediscover this Parisian museum.
Obviously, there will be souvenirs of the woman Joséphine was. But also of the wife she was, and of her private life with the Emperor. Naturally, you’ll find souvenirs of the sovereign, but also of the patron of arts and inspirer of fashion she was. Until June 29, items, documents but also art works will enlighten the portrait of this major figure of French history.
As a Creole, great traveller and modern woman, Joséphine loved art in all its forms. You’ll not be surprised to find famous art works and splendid illustrations with her influence on the history of art and styles during the consular and imperial period.