From Tuesday, June 11 2013 to Sunday, September 15 2013
Sculpting a utopia.
French sculptor Félicie de Fauveau (1801 - 1886) was as emblematic a character as she was unique. Nostalgic for an era that she never experienced, this royalist, Catholic, single feminist dedicated her life and her art to defending a political utopia, expressing herself primarily by the medium of historical image.
Alongside the Duchess of Berry, who organised the Vendée uprisings with the Countess de La Rochejaquelein, she accepted exile and settled in Florence. Her work features militant Catholic and exalted iconography, which draws on the symbolism of heraldry, and gives her sculptures an inspired neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance feel. Her sculptures are scattered and not well-known, mostly held in collections outside of France. This exhibition organised by the Historial de Vendée and the Musée d'Orsay will be the first retrospective devoted to this fascinating artist.
Musée d'Orsay - Orsay Museum
1 rue de la Légion-d'Honneur
01 40 49 48 14
Metro / Train: Solférino or RER C
6 minutes from the station