The Maison Française d'Oxford will be holding a half-day conference to coincide with an exhibition of paintings by André Lemaître (Caen, 1909-1995) in May 2018, ten years after the grand retrospective at l'Orangerie du Sénat (Paris).
We invite contributors to critically address Lemaître's œuvre from the perspectives of art history, visual culture, museum studies, or the sociology of art. What do his paintings teach us about the legacy of Cézanne, Gauguin, Vlaminck, the Post-Impressionists or Fauvism? What is Lemaître's contribution to colour theory? What has been his reception in Britain? How do regionalism and national heritage play on notions of identity?
The association "Les Amis d'André Lemaître" will fund and facilitate trips to Normandy to view the paintings in advance of the exhibition. There is a Lemaître Museum in Falaise, as well as holdings in various public and private collections to which the association has access. They will also be publishing the conference texts.
Exhibition : 12 - 26 May 2018
Conference : Saturday 26 May 2018
Please send an abstract (max 300 words) and a short biographical statement to Paul Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Frédéric Thibault-Starzyk (email@example.com). Deadline 31 December 2017.