A vision of happiness – The Poetic Reality painters

19 May to 31 December

Eight painters were brought together in 1949 under the heading of “Poetic Reality” by Gisèle d’Assailly, the title of the book she devoted to them.

Maurice Brianchon, Christian Caillard, Jules Cavaillès, Raymond Legueult, Roger Limouse, Roland Oudot, André Planson and Constantin Terechkovitch exhibited together in the inter-war period.

They were acknowledged in the mid-sixties by critics and historians as being essential for the life of modern painting in France.

Painters of happiness, their subject matter celebrates the simple life, nature in the continuity of tradition.

Eager to move beyond the violence of Fauvism and the rigour of Cubism, they rejected the academism of the Fine Arts and the influence of the avant-garde.

Colourists, draughtsmen, focussing on composition, they sought sincerity and truth in their painting. Intimist scenes, nudes, landscapes, silent lives, expressing the simple beauty of a pantheistic universe where naturalism is the source of hedonistic poetry.

Roger Limouse – Marchande d’étoffes à Tananarive, 1975, Huile sur toile 46x55cm.
Maurice Brianchon – 786-L’atelier de Truffière, 1968, Huile sur toile 100x81cm.


Adults: 8€ per person
Under 18 years: free
Groups: 4€ per person

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*With events: 22 to 24 May, 6 July to 29 August, 23 to 31 October 2021.

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Place François de Hérain
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

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