Paris delights us with wonderful exhibitions focusing on WWII, and among them, the Musée de l'Orangerie highlights the funny work of an artist disillusioned by the German occupation: René Magritte, who decided from 1941 to 1947 to show “the bright side of life” in “solar” style paintings, inspired by impressionists such as Renoir or Seurat, nicknamed his “Renoir Period”.
In a letter to Paul Eluard in 1941, Magritte writes “…the bright side of life would be the area that I would explore. By this I mean all the traditional array of delightful things: women, birds, flowers, trees and an atmosphere of happiness. […] a quite powerful charm has now replaced the disquieting poetry I used to strive for in my paintings”. Over his Renoir Period, Magritte paints about fifty paintings, as many gouaches and a large amount of drawings, including La Fleur du Mal, as a tribute to Baudelaire.
For the painter, it is a reform of surrealism. In October 1946, Magritte sends André Breton his manifesto “Surrealism in Full Sunlight”, that will be rejected. After that, the painter decides to work on a series of grotesque portraits.
In the exhibition of the musée de l’Orangerie, Magritte paintings are compared with masterpieces by Renoir, works by Picabia and other pieces such as by Jeff Koons who has been inspired by this Renoir Period.
Dates and Opening Time
From 10 February 2021 to 21 June 2021
Musée national de l'Orangerie
75001 Paris 1
-26 ans UE: Free
Tarif réduit: 6,5 €
Tarif normal: 9 €
Horaires : 9h-18h sauf le mardi