Art Exhibition—“Paul & Virginie: du roman aux images”  


The Léon Dierx Museum (Musée Léon Dierx) in Saint-Denis, Réunion. has an interesting exhibition, which opened in May—“Paul & Virginie: du roman aux images” [Paul & Virginie: from novel to images] based on the novel by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. It will be on view until October 5, 2014.

The exhibition honors Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737-1814) on the bicentennial of his death. The botanist writer is known for his travel narratives and novels, especially Paul et Virginie (1787) which is considered a masterpiece that demonstrates “remarkable sensitivity to the landscape” and an explicit antislavery perspective. Although the novel is set in Mauritius, was heavily influenced by his travels through the Caribbean in his early years with his uncle. He was exposed to the economics of slavery and its ravages; in Voyage à l’Île de France, he wrote “I do not know if coffee and sugar are necessary to the happiness of Europe, but I do know that these two crops have been the scourge of two parts of the world.”

Musée Léon Dierx is located at 28, rue de Paris, Saint-Denis (Réunion). It is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9:30am until 5:30pm.

For more information, see,paul-virginie-au-musee-leon-dierx,198.html

2 thoughts on “Art Exhibition—“Paul & Virginie: du roman aux images”  

    1. Merci et bien sûr! Accidents happen when writing too quickly. I have corrected it. Thanks again for the feedback. IR

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