Jean-Marie Delaperche, an artist confronted by the torments of history

from 01/02/2020 to 14/06/2020
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From 1 February to 14 June 2020, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orléans is presenting a special exhibition to showcase the life and career of an artist who, up until now, has been hidden in the shadows of history.

[original title in French: Jean-Marie Delaperche, un artiste face aux tourments de l’histoire ]

Please note that many public places are closed due to measures to combat the coronavirus contagion worldwide. We advise you to check with the organisers before attending any events during this period.

Jean-Marie Delaperche, an artist confronted by the torments of history
Le sage s'appuyant sur la vertue descend avec résignation dans sa tombe
[the wise man, relying on virtue, descends with resignation to his grave] (detail) 1817 © Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans

Jean-Marie Delaperche (1771-1843) was born in Orléans. Up until now, relatively little has been known about his life and work, but gradually the picture is starting to come together. No friend to the Napoleonic regime, he fled the Consulate for Russia, and struggled to make his way as a painter, while keeping his true passion – his drawings – hidden from the public eye and far away from the salons. He refused to sign his work, which added to the mystery.

This extraordinary exhibition will comprise 91 forgotten drawings, giving an insight into the tormented soul of this incredible, uncelebrated artist. The drawings will be displayed along with around sixty other works (including paintings, sculptures, engravings, and other archive material) on loan from other prestigious institutions.

Click here for the exhibition website.


Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans

1 Rue Fernand Rabier

45000, Orléans

Telephone: 02 38 79 21 83


Free the first Sunday of the month

Full price: €6

Concession: €3

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 6pm 
Friday: 10am – 8pm 
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

Closed: 1 and 8 May



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