Art Exhibition: Georges Rohner and Guadeloupe

The exhibition “Nouvelle figuration antillo-guyanaise autour de Georges Rohner,” hosted by the BPCE group, features a restored major work by French painter Georges Rohner—”Les pêcheurs des Saintes”—along with works by five Caribbean artists: Chomereau Lamotte, Paul Elliott Thuleau, Antoine Heckly, and Olivia Debyser. The exhibition began on October 14 and will be on view until October 28, 2011, at the BPCE headquarters at 50 Pierre Mendès-France Avenue, Paris. The painter is also showcased at the Musée National de la Marine with the exhibition, “Georges Rohner et la Guadeloupe (1934-1936).” This exhibition will be on view until January 2012. The museum is located at the Palais de Chaillot, 17 place du Trocadéro, Paris. [“Georges Rohner et la Guadeloupe (1934-1936)” will then travel to Guadeloupe where it will be on view from March 2 until April 30, 2012.]

Description: Artist Georges Rohner (1913-2000), posted for military service in Guadeloupe from 1934 to 1936, produced around 40 paintings depicting landscapes and scenes from daily life as well as numerous sketches and drawings. For his choice of subjects, Rohner remained in line with the preferred themes of the group “Force Nouvelle,” which he founded. His Caribbean paintings are distinguished by their warm colors and the sublimation of landscapes.

When Rohner was headquartered in Basse-Terre, the city was undergoing extensive reconstruction and beautification works after the hurricane of 1928, in view of the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the “joining” of the French Antilles with France in 1935. Thus, in this two-year stay, Rohner received two important commissions by the city of Basse-Terre, completing paintings in the Town Hall and the Bank of Guadeloupe. His Caribbean paintings constitute a break in the artist’s career. It is undeniable that Rohner had been seduced by the beauty of the landscape and vegetation, the intense green of the forests, the tropical beauty, the intensity of the light, the blues of the ocean, and the elegance of Creole women.

For the original description (in French) and more information, see http://www.e-karbe.com/expositions/exposition-la-nouvelle-figuration-antillo-guyanaise-autour-de-georges-rohner-au-siege-de-la-bcpe-a-paris-du-14-au-28-octobre-2011/ and http://www.e-karbe.com/expositions/georges-rohner-et-la-guadeloupe-1934-1936-au-musee-de-la-marine-jusquau-16-janvier-2012/

For more on the artist, see http://georges-rohner.com/editoEN.htm

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