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A shared vision

The friendship between the French painters André Derain and Balthus, and Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti was symbiotic to say the least.

These great figures of modern art, who ran in surrealist circles, met in the early 1930s and quickly found an intensely shared vision of art that revealed a “marvelous, unknown” reality, according to Giacometti, that was within reach, but “worked by the obscure forces of matter” as said by Derain. 

Their different styles were enriched by their many exchanges and a shared appreciation of their personal experiences. Now, the works of the three masters are together for the first time, illustrating a journey into a deeply intertwined aesthetic community.

Figurative and primitive influences, landscapes that questioned neoclassicism, ventures into dreams and fantasies, these three freethinkers joined forces to revitalize their era.

Derain, Balthus, Giacometti
Until 29 octobre
Musée d'Art moderne
11, avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16e (01 53 67 40 00)
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