Georges Dorignac (1879-1925) : le trait sculpté

Exhibition of the musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, presented in the Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 18th May-17th September 2017, with the partnership of La Piscine-musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent de Roubaix

This exhibition will present almost a hundred rarelyseen works by Dorignac. Léon-Georges Dorignac was bor in Bordeaux on 8 November 1879 and entered the Bordeaux Municipal Fine Arts School at the age of thirteen. In 1899, he settled in Paris and entered the School of Fine Arts, in the studio of Léon Bonnat. Dorignac played his part in the cosmopolitan effervescence of the École de Paris,yet while taking his own very personal, independent route. He was close to sculptors Lamourdedieu and Charles Despiau, a childhood friend, and received the encouragement of Modigliani and Soutine, his neighbours in La Ruche. In order to showcase Dorignac’s very personal artistic style, the exhibition will focus on the striking monumental “charcoal” works of his mature years, on which his reputation was built. He composes powerful images thanks to his undeniable mastery of line and form, anatomy and expression.

The truly sculptural dimension of Dorignac’s drawings was noticed immediately by his contemporaries. Rodin declared that “Doriganc sculpts his drawing. […] He has sculptor’s hands”. The exhibition will also show Dorignac’s contribution to the applied arts and his exceptional “decorative feeling” through projects presented for the first time to the public and restored on this occasion.

Image : couverture du catalogue de l'exposition Dorignac, musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, 2017

Mécène d'honneur :

Georges Dorignac, Portrait de femme au chignon, vers 1913, © Paris, Galerie de Bayser

Georges Dorignac, Portrait de femme au chignon, vers 1913, © Paris, Galerie de Bayser