André Maire: the Decorative Itinerary of a Painter Traveler in the Twentieth Century
Roubaix, La Piscine Musée d'Art et d'Industrie


André Maire (1898-1984) traveled the world painting decorative, descriptive scenes of the places that he beheld. His trips took him to the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Varanasi and the Taj Mahal in India, as well as to Niger and Cairo. During these extensive travels, he developed a distinctive and vibrant painting style. His paintings of Niger sizzle with color, while those of the Asian temples depict the artistry of the carving with aplomb. They bear testament to his wide curiosity. Maire also made numerous preparatory drawings, some of which are also on display.

Maire studied fine art at an art school on the place des Vosges in the Marais district in Paris before becoming a pupil to Emile Bernard. The exhibition chronicles his trajectory as an artist, revealing how he elaborated his construction of color through his various travels abroad. It is being held in a former Art Deco swimming pool dating back to the 1930s, which is now called the Museum of Arts and Industry.


October 18, 2008, through February 1, 2009
23 rue de l'Espérance
59100 Roubaix
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