Le Havre, Musée Malraux

The title of this exhibition finds its source from Charles Baudelaire’s “l’Étranger”, found within his famous book of poetry and prose Le Spleen de Paris; a stranger responds to an interrogation about what he loves, and he reveals that it is neither family nor friends, not even gold…nothing but the clouds, the marvelous clouds.

Nearly 160 works by 83 artists are on display, with some exceptional loans from the Musée d’Orsay. These works are placed in context around a general study of clouds, with notes and literary excerpts from Descartes to Lamarck, beginning with the early paintings of Eugène Boudin (which greatly impressed Baudelaire when presented at the 1859 Salon de Paris). Modern photography, which was a quickly advancing invention during Baudelaire’s time, takes center stage with works by Ansel Adams, André Kertesz, Brassaï, Constantin Brancusi, Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans and Nan Goldin, among others who were looking to the clouds – as a resource for dreaming, intuitive augury or divine reflection – at one point or another during the course of their careers.


October 10, 2009 through January 24, 2010
2 boulevard Clemenceau
76600 Le Havre
T. 02 35 19 62 77