Georges Leroux (1877-1957), Une modernité classique

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Following the forty drawings exhibited in March 2018 at the gallery, an unpublished set of paintings, mainly entrusted to the sale by the family, sheds light on the career of the artist, a pupil of Léon Bonnat (1833-1922) at the École des Beaux-Arts, winner of the Prix de Rome in 1906 and a boarder at the Villa Médicis from 1907 to 1909. Georges Leroux owes his first public recognition to his war drawings, poignantly realistic, exhibited at the Georges Petit gallery on his return from the front.

Filled with honours during his lifetime, it was his landscapes that brought him fame. He knew how to capture their infinite variety in frank and vigorous compositions, with ardent or subtle light. A Mediterranean - and above all Italian - light inspires his best works. From Italy to Provence,passing through Savoy, Georges Leroux's canvases offer a glimpse of the landscape painting of the first half of the 20th century. The artist was part of the Tradition-Evolution group founded in 1928, in which, with his fellow artists Dupas, Despujols, Delorme, Poughéon and Billotey, all Prix de Rome winners like himself, and with his friend Maurice Denis, he tried to propose another modernity, resolutely classical in inspiration.