Albert Besnard

Modernités Belle Epoque


The Petit Palais and the Palais Lumière d’Evian are pleased to introduce this retrospective dedicated to Albert Besnard, french painter from the Belle Époque.

Albert Besnard, decorated with an array of honours and positions (Prix de Rome in 1874, Member of the Académie des Beaux-arts in 1912, Director of the Villa Médicis from 1913 to 1921, admitted to the Académie Française in 1924, Director of the Ecole des Beaux-arts from 1922 to 1932, the Grand-Croix de la Légion d'Honneur in 1926), was the first painter to whom the government granted the honour of a State funeral, well before Georges Braque. However, in the context of the 20th century which first celebrated the misunderstood genius, this multitude of honours can distort the artist’s posthumous reputation by quickly categorizing him as a bleak academic. Yet this is far from the case, and it is his relative modernity that made him worthy of honour in his time, for the boldness of his colours and his rich inspiration. Nearly a century after his death, the time has come to reconsider Albert Besnard’s work itself. Famous for his grand decoration work (École de Pharmacie, Hôtel de Ville, the Chemistry amphitheatre of the Sorbonne, the dome of the Petit Palais, the ceiling of la Comédie Française etc.), Besnard dazzled his contemporaries with his “dazzling enchantment". He was a relatively late symbolist, a champion of the curvy silhouette of the 1900s woman, and was also an audacious and sought-after portrait painter. Still today we are immediately enchanted by the work produced by this adept pastel artist and unsettling engraver. After Evian’s Palais Lumière, the Petit Palais offers visitors the opportunity to reconsider the remarkable journey of this artist, from Paris to Rome, with stops in London and on the banks of the Ganges.



Chantal Beauvalot, Doctor in the History of Art;
Stéphanie Cantarutti, Curator at the Petit Palais;
Christine Gouzi, Lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne;
Christophe Leribault, Director of Petit Palais;
William Saadé, Honorary Head Curator, mission head for the City of Evian.


Información práctica

Adress : Avenue Winston-Churchill75008 ParisPhone : +33 (0)1 53 43 40 00Opening hours :Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm (last entrance at 5pm).Extended opening hours on Friday until 9pm: only for temporary exhibitions. Closed on Mondays.Access : Métro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (line 1 and 13), Invalides (line 8 and 13) RER C Invalides station or RER A Charles de Gaulle – Etoile station Bus : 28, 42, 72, 73, 83, 93 Velib' : Avenue Dutuit, 1 avenue Franklin Roosevelt Autolib' : 1 avenue Dutuit, 2 avenue Matignon

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Reduced price: 7 euros


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Exposition Albert Besnard | Petit Palais

Albert Besnard, modernités Belle Epoque <br />du 25 octobre 2016 au 29 janvier 2017 <br />au Petit Palais, musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris <br /> <br />Le Petit Palais et le Palais Lumière d’Evian s’associent pour présenter à Paris une rétrospective consacrée à Albert Besnard, gloire de la peinture française de la Belle Époque. <br /> <br />Plus d'information : <br />

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