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Calvados: the Museum of Fine arts of Caen reopens its doors on December 15, 2020

Calvados: the Museum of Fine arts of Caen reopens its doors on December 15, 2020

Hungry for culture? Good news! The Museum of Fine Arts of Caen will reopen its doors starting December 15, 2020: you have until January 3 to visit the exhibition of Gérard Fromanger "Show your colors!"   Originally scheduled from September 12 to January 3, 2021, the exhibition awaited the end of government deconfinement measures before opening to visitors. And the time has come, since the museum will reopen starting December 15. The exhibition "Show your colors!" will be able to illuminate the heart of winter. 

Narrative Figuration

Particularly attached to Normandy where he grew up, Gérard Fromanger is one of the greatest representatives of the Narrative Figuration movement.  This movement participated in the revival of painting in France in the 1960s. The common point of the artists gathered under this name is to resort to figuration by appropriating and interpreting media images, popular images and urban everyday life by linking them to current events (Vietnam War, etc.). Their highly constructed compositions are usually executed in a neutral touch. 

A committed artist 

The exhibition reveals, through some sixty works created from 1966 to 2018, how this painter of street life and joyful passions was able to develop an always innovative art, removed from any formalism. Since the events of May '68, in which he played a large part by co-founding notably the Atelier populaire des Beaux-Arts de Paris, he asserts himself as an artist anchored "in the world."
By combining the components of photography with the imperative need to be involved in his time, Gérard Fromanger applies a color strategy based on the four process colors. 

Long Live Color!

A source of light, color allows the connection and the distinction of the different elements superimposed on the canvas (silhouettes, street scenes, cardiograms...). The artist chooses the colors used not according to his sensitivity, but more objectively selects those that make up the colored spectrum of light (the colors of the rainbow). In the 1970s, his polychrome works gave a different color to each of the individuals depicted. This color illustrates the singular power of life that emanates from these people, even though they live in a communist model that values the group and its unity. Subsequently, the works of the Quadrichromie (process colors) series reflect on the association of primary colors between themselves, inherited from the experiments of color photography by trichromie performed in the nineteenth century by the inventor Louis Ducos De Hauron.
The virtual tour of the exhibition to put you in the mood:

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