OTHON FRIESZ, THE BAROQUE FAUVE
FROM 0CT0BER 20 2007 TO JANUARY 27 2008 - EXHIBITION OF NATIONAL INTEREST
Following the retrospectives of Braque and Dufy, the musée Malraux presents a new tribute to the pioneers from Le Havre in modern painting by dedicating an exhibition to Othon Friesz (1879-1949), a companion of Matisse, Vlaminck, Van Dongen and Derain. After La Piscine in Roubaix and the Musée d'art moderne in Céret, this last stop of the exhibition Othon Friesz, le fauve baroque will give us the opportunity to rediscover the most lyrical of the Fauves.
This is the first retrospective since 1979, and it finally gives the artist his legitimate place in the history of art. The nearly 160 pieces brought together present a complete panorama of Friesz' work. Here we have the colored and voluble enthusiasm of his period in Antwerp, where he painted landscapes with Braque in 1906, the Fauvist summits in 1907, in the company of Matisse, Manguin and Vlaminck, then his stay in the French “Midi” the same year, in Cassis and La Ciotat, where his Fauvism with exacerbated colors was tempted by abstraction. After these intense moments he goes through a restructuring phase during which he is attracted by neo-Cezanism. It leads Othon Friesz, at the moment of maturity, to compose work that is marked by a more austere palette but in which his lines remain animated by a Baroque expressiveness.
The exhibition enriches itself in Le Havre with an additional section that sheds light on the dominating role Othon Friesz had in the cultural life of that city. The co-founder in 1906 of the Circle of Modern Art, a local association of amateurs and artists, ardent defenders of Modernity, the young painter greatly contributed to spread a craze for the Fauve school among his fellow citizens. He was a member of the painting committee with Dufy and Braque and participated in the four exhibitions of the Circle, from 1906 to 1909, which also brought together works by Matisse, Marquet or Van Dongen. In order to make known the mysterious beginnings of Fauvism, the Musée Malraux presents, next to works from Othon Friesz's youth, some of the works purchased by collectors from Le Havre during those exhibitions and which have entered the museum's collection since
The exhibition also gives a leading role to the decorative arts. A series of vases and dishes decorated by Friesz completes the presentation of the remarkable ensemble of ceramics designed for a villa in Sainte-Adresse, very recently acquired by the musée Malraux. The famous panels painted for the Parisian apartment of the viscount Amédée de Flers, never seen before this exhibition, show that Friesz followed Dufy's example and also imposed himself as one of the artisans of the movement of renovation of the decorative arts in the period between the two wars.
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CURATORS: Annette Haudiquet, Conservatrice du musée Malraux du Havre
Joséphine Matamoros, Conservatrice du musée d'Art moderne de Céret
Bruno Gaudichon, Conservateur de La Piscine-musée d'art et d'industrie André Diligent de Roubaix
Commissaire scientifique : David Butcher, Historien de l'art, avec le concours d'Odile Aittouarès
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