"Charles Gleyre - the repentant romantic" at the Orsay Museum
Unlike Switzerland, no French national museum has so far devoted an exhibition to Charles Gleyre. We still know too little that Gleyre, a Swiss citizen, was probably the artist of his generation to have the deepest and most intimate knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa, where he spent nearly four years of glare and intense suffering. He was also an important player in the Parisian art scene: humble and discreet, he was nevertheless fully recognized both by his peers and the intelligentsia and by a wide audience. This exhibition tells both the adventurous life of a tormented artist, describes the main stages of his career and widens the context by placing the masterpieces of Gleyre in dialogue with paintings of his masters.
Until The 11th of September. www.musee-orsay.fr