Indochina – Meeting Men and Gods

23 June - 31 July 2017
Paris, France
Next June, the DUMONTEIL Gallery will present for the first time, within the frame of its DUMONTEIL Art program, an exhibition dedicated to the drawings of André Maire, painter-explorer, the emblematic figure of Art Déco painting of the 20th century.

More than twenty works on paper, from his second trip to Indochina (1948 – 1958), will be exhibited in the centre of DUMONTEIL Gallery’s Paris space. For the occasion, DUMONTEIL Gallery has published work with the support of Bruno Gaudichon, the director of the La Piscine Museum in Roubaix and Josette Galiège, curator of the Musée de l’Oise.

The DUMONTEIL Gallery is happy to announce the exhibition “Indochina, Mee- ting Men and Gods,” dedicated for the first time to the works on paper by André Maire (1898 – 1984).

This exhibition, which corresponds to the second part of the artist’s traveling career, was debuted at the DUMONTEIL Gallery’s Shanghai space in September 2016, and follows three museum retrospectives centred around André Maire’s work: at the Musée Cernuschi (Paris, 2012 – 2013), La Piscine Museum (Roubaix, 2009) and the Musée des années 30 (Boulogne-Billancourt, 2001).

In bringing together more than twenty drawings by André MAIRE, created du- ring his final trip to Indochina, this exhibition proposes an immersion into the creative universe of the adventurous, observant and profoundly humanist artist.

From Laos to Vietnam, and passing through Cambodia, MAIRE’S work gives a perceptive and poetic look at the people, the animals and the places which inspired his work.

Inseparable from his sketchbook, the painter and drawer tirelessly documented his travels in order to, then, reinterpret them, in a larger format, through the prism of his imagination linked to his memories.

In this series, nourished by the in-depth study of Khmer art, emerge scenes of observation of sacred sites and of the locals’ everyday habits, the powerful and elegant stature of the Buddhists.

Through the artist’s gest, his charcoal sceneries, illuminated by the use of red chalk which represent the living, the Buddhas are drawn among the rare pieces of exotic architecture fixed in wild nature. The delicate force of the sketch trans- lates André MAIRE’s profound respect for these ancestral civilizations, witnesses of the richness and diversity of the culture of man.

While the beginning of the 20th century was marked by numerous revolutionary artistic movements, André MAIRE never ceased to represent a form of figurative reality, like an explorer, always curious. Discovering and getting to know his work is not so much entering the creative world of the artist as rediscovering and feeling our world again.