Léopold and Aurèle Robert Ô saisons...
Léopold and Aurèle Robert. Ô saisons…
The Neuchâtel artist Léopold Robert (1794–1835), who enjoyed European acclaim during his lifetime, embodies the myth of the Romantic painter, doomed to a tragic fate and shrouded in mystery. Educated in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts and later in the studio of Jacques-Louis David, Robert moved to Italy in 1818. His genre paintings brought him great popular success during the first half of the 19th century, but were less fulsomely received by the critics.
The Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel and the Musée des beaux-arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds have joined forces to pay tribute to the work of Léopold Robert and his brother Aurèle (1805–1871). The exhibition also re-examines Aurèle’s role, considering him not only as a ‘disseminator’ of Léopold’s oeuvre, but also as an artist in his own right.
The joint exhibition focuses on Léopold Robert’s unfinished ‘Seasons’ cycle, and features works from both institutions as well as several prestigious loans. The exhibition in La Chaux-de-Fonds is given over to ‘Spring’, while Neuchâtel celebrates ‘Summer’ and ‘Winter’. The exhibition also explores how these masterpieces were produced and circulated, and examines their depiction of music, dance and the beauty ideal.
The exhibition is enriched by contribution from artist Gina Proenza which offer a direct and contemporary response to the historical works of Léopold and Aurèle Robert.
A richly illustrated publication by Scheidegger & Spiess accompanies the exhibition.
Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel website