Lemancholia exhibition

The art of Lake Geneva

Culture  

Christian von Mechel, 1790-1797

View of the Château de Chillon on Lake Geneva
Engraving
42x56.5cm 

Corinne Vioret, 2009

Photograph
72×90cm
The artist's collection

Albrecht Dürer, 1514

Melencolia I
Engraving on laid paper
240×189mm

Gustave Courbet, 1819-1877

The woman with the seagull

Albrecht Dürer, 1514

Melencolia I (detail)
Engraving on laid paper
240x189mm

Ferdinand Hodler, 1918

Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc early in the morning
Oil on canvas
74.5×150cm

Jean-Luc Godard, 1990

Nouvelle Vague
Film shot

Louis Soutter, 1923-1930

The castle of despair Oh Byron!
Nib and Indian ink on a sheet of paper
222x174mm

William Turner, 1841

Lake Geneva with the Dent d'Oche, from above Lausanne
Graphite and watercolour on paper
235x338mm

François Bocion, 1873

Rainbow during a storm
Oil on cardboard
21.5x31.5cm

Marcel Duchamp, 1947

The green ray
Lost work
Black and white photograph by Denise Bellon

Gustave Courbet, 1874

Sunset on Lake Geneva
Oil on canvas
54.5x65.4 cm

Felix Vallotton, 1892

The swans
Engraving on wood on paper
256x327mm

Felix Vallotton, 1898

Bellerive beach at Ouchy
Oil on canvas
38.5x55cm

 

 

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Lake Geneva has inspired writers from Rousseau to Byron and Mary Shelley as well as painters and photographers. An exhibition at the Musée Jenisch in Vevey explores how the lake has become "a mirror of the human soul, an enormous reservoir of melancholia".

(Photos © and text: Musée Jenisch, Vevey)

 
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