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"Eugene Jansson (1862-1915)"
1999-05-18 until 1999-08-22
ansson spent all his life in Stockholm, the town he
loved and of which he painted splendid panoramas.
From his workshop in the heights of Mariaberget, he
commanded an exceptional view over its islands and
stretches of water. Particularly sensitive to the strange
blue aura the city emanated at night, he chose one colour
for his landscapes : blue. Music was undoubtedly
another source of inspiration, and he entitled several of
his paintings Nocturne , after Chopin, his favourite
composer. After 1904, he dealt with a new subject : the
male nude. These paintings caused a sensation due to
their origiginality, but their ambiguity attracted harsh
criticism - never since antiquity had athletes bodies
been scrutinized in such a way. Unknown outside
Sweden, Jansson was a singular artist, bold and
innovative. Prone to depression, he charted a strange
career, haunted by night, desire and death.
Henri Loyrette, general curator, director, Musée dOrsay
Exhibition organised with the help of the Swedesh
Ministry of Culture