Théodore Chassériau Parfum Exotique
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This exhibition marks the first full display of the art of Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856) in Japan. Chassériau entered the studio of Ingres in his early teens. Gradually distancing himself from his master Ingres’ classicism, in the face of the rising Romantic trend, he created a painterly realm characterized by a distinctive melancholic passion and lyricism. Traveling to Algeria to paint, his colorful renderings of the people and land of that country made him one of the Orientalists of the day. And yet, his own internal exoticism — fostered by his birth in an ex-Spanish colony in the Caribbean, his sad fatherless childhood and artistic difficulties he experienced with his teacher — can also be seen to have characterized his search for artistic expression. Whether a scene from mythology, the Bible, Shakespeare, or indeed in his portraits of actual people, the exoticism that forms the cornerstone of Chassériau’s art resonates with viewers.
Now considered one of the major French Romantic painters, his early death at the age of 37 and the damage to his major mural works has meant that his work has only recently been properly evaluated. Retrospectives on his art have only been held in France twice, in 1933 and 2002. This exhibition, focusing on works from the Louvre collection, will display approximately 40 paintings, 30 drawings and watercolors and 10 prints, as well as photographic and historical materials. The inclusion of approximately 20 works by his teacher, compatriots, and those he later influenced, such as Gustave Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes, will provide a reconsideration of the meaning of his works in the development from Romanticism to Symbolism, and the Orientalist lineage overall. This exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to enter the depths of Chassériau’s artistic realm, a feat that is not possible not even in his homeland, France.
Talk Event: Chassériau and Nature
Event Date: Mar. 2 (Thu)
Speakers: Vincent Pomarède (Director of Mediation and Cultural Programming, Musée du Louvre)
Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket is required)*
*Exhibition admission ticket holders can pick up a talk event ticket from the ticket desk as of 12:00 noon on the day of the event.