Les Enfants Modèles: de Claude Renoir à Pierre Arditi
Paris, Musée de l’Orangerie

While artists more regularly depict abstract themes about their adult struggles or their inspiring entourage, portraits and sculptures of children by artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Françoise Gilot, and Édouard Vuillard, offer refreshing insight into artistic periods, intimate practices and a wider view of human experience. From the perfectly dressed children of the Belle Epoque to a more psychological depiction by Pablo Picasso’s Cubist inflections, dreams and play mix with social decorum and good behavior. Getting many of these models to simply sit still for enough time to complete the portrait is a challenging consideration.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Numa Vilano Lazaro has directed a short film containing interviews with children of artists such as sculptors Renoir, Belmondo, Chaput and painters Cézanne, Picasso, Renoir, and Arditi that recount their experiences – sometimes turbulent other times tender – acting as models for their renowned parents.

November 25th, 2009 through March 8th, 2010
Jardin des Tuileries
Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
75001 Paris
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