A post-Impressionist to be discovered

Marius Borgeaud, La chambre blanche, 1924, Collection privée © photo Jacques D. Rouiller

Marius Borgeaud, La chambre blanche, 1924, Collection privée © photo Jacques D. Rouiller

Published on Time Out Switzerland on 19 September 2015: Link

A major retrospective of the work of Marius Borgeaud (1861-1924), one of the most popular Swiss artists of his generation, is an opportunity to discover a singular talent in a league of his own.

Escaping all styles and influences, Borgeaud painted the mundane in a way that makes it seem unreal. The shadows are never where they should be, giving his people and homes a sense of suspended animation, as if the light had travelled around them an entire day without their moving. Eternity has stopped at the door.

The Hermitage show is remarkably comprehensive and covers Borgeaud’s entire career. Although he only became a painter at the age of forty, after living the highlife and dilapidating his inheritance, he was immensely prolific and left more than 300 paintings,

The Hermitage exhibition is a rare opportunity to enjoy an artist who lived at the same time as two other renowned Swiss painters, Felix Vallotton and Ferdinand Hodler, but who has yet to gain the international attention that he deserves.


photo Creatim, Renens

Marius Borgeaud, Les joueurs de boules, 1918 (detail) © Musée d’art de Pully

Michèle Laird, née Haffner, was an international arts administrator (visual arts and theatre), successively in Paris, New York and London, before moving to Switzerland and becoming an arts journalist.

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