What was the influence of the great painter Auguste Renoir on his son Jean Renoir, the precursor of the New Wave? This is what the Musée d’Orsay is questioning through this beautiful exhibition that brings father and son together around their respective arts. To be discovered from November 6, 2018 to January 27, 2019.
The first is one of the masters of Impressionism, a figure of the late 19th century and a 20th century still a child. The second, for two decades, from 1930 to 1950, marked by its work a film industry in full mutation. These two share blood ties, but do they share the same artistic vein? Looking at John’s work, the answer is yes. Just look at these plays of light and shadow effects in his film Part of the Campaign (1946). Or this taste for the representation of oneself and one’s inner circle, the attachment to nature, the search for movement.
So, yes. The artistic personality of the young filmmaker was undeniably enriched by the work of his father and contemporaries. Through paintings, film clips, photographs, costumes, posters, drawings and documents, some of them unpublished, this multidisciplinary exhibition explores the question of subsidiary relations, that of heritage, but also that of freedom and a certain vision of the world. She composes an atypical family portrait, which will take you from the pictorial impressionism at the beginning of the New Wave.
But is it just a family matter? This fruitful and sometimes paradoxical dialogue between a father and his son is also the one shared by two arts, painting and film, at a time when the latter is experiencing a great artistic upheaval.
The Musée d’Orsay is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and in the evening on Thursday.