The 20th century
A stroll through this series of rooms, here and there illuminated by natural light, provides visitors with an insight into 20th century art through a selection of works. The Musée des Beaux-Arts’ twentieth century collection is neither exhaustive nor linear…
Towards modernity, the explosion of colour…
At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, certain new artistic trends turned painting on its head. Colour was one of the elements of this modernity. Maurice Denis, an important figure in the Nabis movement, illustrated this use of colour in his Saint Georges aux rochers rouges. Here, the first room however, is dedicated to Mérodack-Jeaneau, a little-known Angevin artist, whose symbolist paintings can be associated with the Fauvist movement and who played an important role in the art world c. 1900. This room houses a unique collection of his paintings: L’Ecuyère verte, La danseuse jaune, la Montreuse de singe, La créole au perroquet…
The other rooms reflect, in a more informal manner, the museum’s progressive constitution of a contemporary artworks collection and also point to some trends that should develop and evolve over time. Some of these oeuvres have been acquired by the museum following temporary exhibitions held at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Two rooms are dedicated to french local artists : François Morellet (page under construction) and Daniel Tremblay.
The last room on this floor bears tribute to the work of Daniel Tremblay, a local artist who passed away at an early age. The museum houses a large collection of his oeuvre, remarkable for its uniquely poetic nature. His works, made from trivial objects and various, banal materials, are transformed and assembled into unusual associations, such as Sans titre (Deux profils et deux corbeaux).
The two other rooms house a permanently growing selection of works, most of which have been acquired by the museum following temporary exhibitions held at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. In the first room, visitors can see monochromes by Katsuhito Nishikawa, as well as preliminary sketches for paintings by artists as varied as Robert Malaval, Charles-Christopher Hill and Bernard Moninot.
Works by Jan Voss, Alain Kirili, Francis Limérat, Edward Baran, Philippe Cognée or Jean-Pierre Pincemin, (Untitled), are also exhibited.