Gustave Bourgogne, Folio - Original mid-20th-century picture folio


An original mid-20th-century picture folio, Gustave Bourgogne Folio.

A smart picture folio, with embossed inscription: 'La Peinture Musicale. No 14. Roses. Gustave Bourgogne.' This folio, which still has its original ties to bind it together, evokes the art of the French avant-garde around the middle of the twentieth century.

Worn, but still in functional condition. Significant wear and fraying to the tape binding, particularly in the upper and lower corners. Marks and indentations in the suede both front and verso. Small areas of abrasion to the suede covering both front and verso, with a particular abrasion verso upper left, resulting in visibility of the white card beneath.

62cm x 50cm.

This is one of a series of works from a large folio of paintings by Gustave Bourgogne, entitled ‘la Peinture Musicale.’

Gustave Bourgogne (1888-1968) was one of the leading figures in an artistic movement of the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, which tried to create a synthesis between the visual arts and the art of music. Bourgogne was one of the founders, in 1932, of the Association des Artistes Musicalistes. These ‘musicalists’ tried to recreate in paint the emotion that was evoked by a piece of music: to find an equivalent for sound in colour and pictorial form.

In Bourgogne’s case, the inspiration for this approach came in 1928, when he heard the bells of the cathedral at Malines in France. Through a particular form of synaesthesia, Bourgogne experienced these sounds also as colours, and would devote much of his career to the attempt to reproduce in his paintings the feelings that he had when listening to music. In Bourgogne’s words, both music and painting have the same ‘deep rhythm,’ which he sought to express.

Bourgogne specialised in landscapes and still lifes, but as his career progressed, so they became increasingly difficult to distinguish, in their great expressiveness, from his abstract and semi-abstract interpretations of great musical compositions. Frequently, the titles of these paintings cite the specific musical works that inspired them.

The joyfulness and exuberance of the works in our collection belie the fact that many of them were painted during the dark days of the Second World War.

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Product code: JG-730

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