Louis Rivier and his landscapes illuminated in Egle (Virginia)

Through March 5, 2023, the Graffenried space in Egle, Virginia hosts an exhibition dedicated to the Vaudois artist Louis Rivier. She suggests focusing on a certain axis of his work: his way of interpreting the landscape and his “sacred” attitude to nature, outside of the religious subjects with which it is connected.

An important and special figure in Swiss art of the first half of the 20th century, Louis Rivier (1885-1963) was known during his lifetime mainly for his wall decorations of churches and other monuments. Among other things, he is the author of the large fresco in the hall of the Palais Roumin and the stained glass windows designed for various churches, including the Lausanne Cathedral.

The artist also painted landscapes and portraits. A lesser-known part of his work, which the exhibition “Louis Rivier. Behind the landscape” invites you to discover through twenty exhibits. Mostly from private collections, some of them have never or rarely been presented.

Reference to the saint

This pastor’s son’s passion for nature was born in Aigle (Virginia), where he spent part of his childhood before living in Jouxten-Maser and then at Chateau de Matode. This will be fueled by a stay in Valais, then in Italy, which Louis Riviere considers his second homeland, feeding his passion for Renaissance masters.

The route of the exhibition emphasizes his connection with nature, his attitude to the divine. Both in the representation of the landscape as such, and in the background of portraits or as a background in allegorical and religious scenes.

The beauty and power of nature is celebrated through certain places that are recognizable and accessible to everyone, evoking an otherworldly, higher power. In this way, Louis Rivier shows that a universal connection with the sacred is possible through contemplation and introspection.

From Nestlé to Duttweiler

Among the works presented at Aigle are also advertisements made in the 1930s for Nestlé for milk powder, both pastiches and homages to the paintings of the masters. But also portraits of his father, the founder of Migros, Gottlieb Datweiler and his wife Adele.

The corpus selected for the exhibition testifies to various painting techniques: each of them is a milestone in the artist’s work. In particular, Louis Rivier invented a “special process”. Consisting of a mixture of colored pencils, chalk, thinner and eraser, he mainly uses it for his portraits. This technique gives the work a smooth, almost glassy appearance.

Digital inventory

Simultaneously with the exhibition, the Association of Friends of Louis Riviera is going to launch an online digital catalog of the glass artist’s products. The launch will take place at the Espace Graffenried on January 20, 2023, 60 years after the death of Louis Rivier.

This digital catalog, which will function as a virtual gallery where Internet users can discover the artist’s works in an interactive mode, will be the best way to make the diversity and works of this atypical Swiss artist more visible.

To date, about 280 works have been scientifically described. According to the Association, which appeals to owners and collectors, there would be more than 400. It asks for works to be listed, especially those that would have been in German-speaking Switzerland, where the artist worked extensively.

This article has been published automatically. Source: ats

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