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  • Regard[s] de photographe #9 : Françoise Huguier @Bélébat
    Regard[s] de photographe #9 : Françoise Huguier @Bélébat
    The pôle Images gave “Carte Blanche” to Françoise Huguier to discover Georges Clemenceau at his house in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard. Next November, an exhibition celebrating Georges Clemenceau will be presented at the Pantheon, along with a monograph by Sylvie Brodziak and Jacqueline Sanson (Editions du patrimoine).

    “It is quite surprising to imagine someone as pre-eminent as Clemenceau, prime minister (from 1906 to 1909 and then from 1917 to 1920), retiring to a modest fisherman’s cottage called “Bélébat”, on the seashore in the Vendée. Well-informed about the arts of his time, a great lover of painting, and influenced by his friends Zola, Gauguin and Van Gogh, he discovered Japanism at the end of the 19th century. Several Japanese prints can be seen in the two guest rooms of the house. I was struck by the hunting trophies on the wall. And then there is that extraordinary small boat cabinet with a number of drawers and containing a washbasin, the kitchen and copper utensils, the small green carafe in the form of an owl and then the desk facing the sea giving a dramatic view of the tides. The delicate garden, beneath its disordered appearance, proved to be quite the opposite. I wondered how one knew which weeds were to be pulled up, which made the gardener laugh when I put the question to him. I came across the magnificent bust of Clemenceau, facing the sea, looking as if he was still leading to victory”.
    Françoise Huguier (June 2018)

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