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!
His sculptures are excessive. Excessively alive and expressive. Excessively real as well. He had great success with his work in 2005; he does us the honour of coming back to Paris until October 27, with new sculptures. Ron Mueck is at the Cartier foundation and the team of the Opéra Cadet heartily recommends the exhibition!
Indeed, the works of Ron Mueck are sculptures. They are taller or smaller than reality and that’s how you know. But if you forget about scale, the characters are troubling real. So troubling they could easily make you forget about reality…
Mueck hyperrealist. You wonder about all these characters, all these bodies. They are so very moving and captivating that you could invent them a history, a life story, almost a soul. And when the comments are done by moviemaker David Lynch, eccentricity is naturally present.