An atypical personality, Léopold Chauveau (1870-1940), parallel to his activity as a doctor embraced by family obligation, took refuge very early on in a strange artistic universe, as singular as it was original.
A sculptor, illustrator and author of books for adults and children, he was long forgotten by art history, before a donation from his grandson to the Musée d'Orsay in 2017 brought his name back into the limelight.
He began sculpting around 1905 and soon monsters became a leitmotif of his production, in both sculpture and drawing. But he is also a great illustrator and author of children's books. Hybrid, his creatures are often endearing, clumsy and as if surprised by their own presence. Seeming to emerge from his unconscious, they are true companions, the people of an imaginary world in which Léopold Chauveau would find refuge.
This little graphic book brings together a series of astonishing, funny, intriguing, sometimes nightmarish monsters, sketched out in a simple but lively line.
Here is a collection of creatures to be stored under his bed...
Exhibition at the musée d'Orsay (Paris) from 10 March to 29 June 2020
128 pages / 60 illustrations
Rmn-Grand Palais / Musée d'Orsay
Dimensions : 9 x 13,4 x 1,3 cm
Size of the book : Broché sans Rabat
Diffuseur : FLAMMARION SA
Distributeur : FLAMMARION SA
- Paris - Musée d'Orsay
- Léopold Chauveau (1870-1940)