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Le Havre: De Stael Exhibit

By Eyepreferparis88 @eyepreferparis

LE HAVRE1-1Part of the impetus for the trip to Trouville with Lynn last month was because Lynn wanted to go to Le Havre to see the De Stael show. Lynn also paints and De Stael has always been one of her favorites.
We left Trouville on Friday morning and took a scenic one hour and fifteen minute bus ride going the through the hilly green towns of Normandy.
The exhibit was at the Andre Malraux Museum or Muma/ Musée d'art moderne André Malraux, built in 1961. Architect Guy Lagneau, and his studio Atelier LWD were selected to design to the first major museum in France post WW II. Lagneau worked closely with museum curator George Salles to incorporate elements of the sea for the waterfront site, using glass and steel, also aluminum louver blades originally designed by Jean Prouvé. Henri Georges Adam designed the striking sculpture in front of the building, Le Signal.
 Celebrating the 100th birthday of Nicolas De Stael, it's the first exhibit to focus on his landscapes.  There are over 130 works (80 paintings and 50 drawings) mostly from 1950s, painted in the French country side and beaches, including Gentilly, Mantes-la-Jolie, Honfleur, Villerville, Dieppe, Calais, Dunkerque and Gravelines in the north and Le Lavandou, Lagnes, Ménerbes, Marseille, Uzès, and Antibes. There is also a series from time he spent in Sicily.
De Stael was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Poland with his family to escape the Russian Revolution and eventually found his way to France. His abstract style, influenced by Matisse, Cezanne, Matisse, and Braque, and became one of the foremost painters of the 1950s. Depression led him to suicide in 1955 at the age of 41.



The exhibit was brilliant, inspiring, and electrifying. De Stael's use of color and form is stunning, from the bold colors to the strong geometric shapes to the soft blues and grays.Also the natural light was ideal to view the work. We stayed for over two hours, pouring over and pondering each work. Lynn and I were so inspired by De Stael’s work, I immediately went out and shot photos on the waterfront by the museum and Lynn intensely studied his technique to use in her own paintings.
We were walking on air after the show and even though the train ride coming home was miserable (it was 80 degreesF and there was no air conditioning), we were still on an art high.
This is a must-see show and is definitely worth a day or overnight trip from Paris. Le-Havre is 2.5 hours from Paris by train, leaving from Gare St Lazare.
Nicolas de Staël. Lumières du Nord Lumières du Sud
Till November 9
Musée d'art moderne André Malraux
2, boulevard Clemenceau – 76600 Le Havre

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Le Havre: De Stael Exhibit

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