Fondation de l'Hermitage, Lausanne

In addition to his seminal contributions to 19th century literature, including the novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo was a prolific and highly gifted visual artist. Mysterious, moody, yet rendering light to exquisite effect, his works convey a romantic genius and a refined sense of modernity.

The exhibition brings together 90 renderings from the Maison de Victor Hugo in Paris, as well as from museums and private collections, and features many works that were created before and during Hugo's 15-year exile on the islands of Jersey and Guernsey. Hugo worked only on paper, in dark brown or black pen and ink, blotting and incorporating coffee stains, even, to achieve a desired effect. Such an experimental approach not only influenced contemporary artists such as Van Gogh and Delacroix, it later inspired the works of 20th century movements such as Cubism and Surrealism. Biographical elements such as portraits and photographs accompany the exhibition – further opportunity to discover the personality of this gifted author and artist of, evidently, many talents.

February 1 through May 18, 2008

2, route du Signal
CH-1000 Lausanne 8

T. +41 21 320 50 01