Ker-Xavier Roussel. Private Garden, Dreamed Garden
From July 27 to November 11, 2019
There has been no substantial retrospective of Ker-Xavier Roussel’s work in France since the one that was held in 1968 at the Orangerie des Tuileries, where his work was displayed alongside that of Édouard Vuillard (1868–1940). The retrospective enables visitors to discover this artist who has remained in the shadows. It features previously unseen canvases – most of them conserved in private collections – together with some of his decorative paintings. The form and palette of the latter, brought together for the occasion after being split up, are sure to surprise.
The show includes around one hundred works by Ker-Xavier Roussel in all, dating from the Nabi experiments of the 1890s to the huge mythological narrative works that the artist revisited with unwavering force at the beginning of the 20th century. It reveals Ker-Xavier Roussel’s power as a decorative painter – characterised by an approach that was both creative and autobiographical – and his place in the grand French tradition. It also includes a section devoted to the painter’s refined work in prints and drawings, tinged by the dark melancholy of end-of-century Symbolism.
Curator of the exhibition Ker-Xavier Roussel. Private Garden, Dreamed Garden: Mathias Chivot, Art historian
The exhibition "Ker-Xavier Roussel. Private Garden, Dreamed Garden" is organised by the musée des impressionnismes Giverny with the exceptional support of the musée d’Orsay