Gustave Guillaumet at La Piscine in Roubaix

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La Piscine, a stunning exhibition space located in Roubaix, North of France – which recently reopened after renovation – joins forces with the museums of La Rochelle, Limoges and Orsay  to pay tribute to French painter Gustave Guillaumet (1840-1887), who is best known for his Orientalist paintings and his time spent in North Africa.

The exhibition features rarely-seen works which highlight the painter’s interest in light, spaces and realism. Thanks to large loans from major public and private collections, French and international, this unprecedented and prestigious retrospective – the first dedicated to the artist since 1899 – offers a true insight into Guillaumet’s passion for Algeria and outdoor painting. Gustave Guillaumet, ‘a disciple’ of Delacroix, discovered Algeria by chance when he had to embark for Italy. Fascinated by the country he travelled extensively to the country and devoted his short life to depict the life and habits of the Algerian people.

Curated by Marie Gautheron, the exhibition showcases Guillaumet’s passion for Orientalism and North Africa through major works that include the monumental Famine in Algeria, from 1869.

Image: Gustave Guillaumet, Tisseuses à Bou-Saâda, Paris, musée d’Orsay, Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / René-Gabriel Ojéda