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Ross Art Museum Features Works of Paul-Henri Bourguignon

February 11, 2009

“Toulon 1900” by Paul-Henri Bourguignon is one of the pieces on display in his “Recurring Themes” exhibit at the Ross Art Museum.
Image by Paul-Henri Bourguignon
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DELAWARE, OHIO – Paul-Henri Bourguignon’s artwork is a visual passport of sorts, recording impressions of the people and places he encountered throughout his life. A selection of his paintings, drawings, and mixed-media compositions will be on display from Feb. 19 to April 5 at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St.

Bourguignon (1906-1988) was born in Belgium, studied in Brussels, traveled widely throughout Europe, and lived in both Haiti and Peru before making his home in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, Erika, a professor at The Ohio State University.

The “Recurring Themes” exhibit draws upon Bourguignon’s extensive travels filtered through his cultural awareness and appreciation of both modern and historical art. Bourguignon counted Cezanne, Dufy, and Matisse among his artistic influences.

Pieces in the “Recurring Themes” exhibition include gouache (opaque watercolor) and acrylic paintings; pencil, pastel, and ink-wash drawings; and mixed-media pieces all rich with texture and meaning. The pieces span from the 1930s to the 1980s and include figure studies, landscapes, and abstract compositions that run the gamut from expressionistic, to whimsical, to poignant.

Visitors to the Bourguignon exhibit will observe some underlying consistencies in his work, including a fascination with faces and figures, an awareness of how light and color combine to establish a sense of location, and a tendency to reduce subjects to their simplest essentials.

For more about Bourguignon and his work, visit www.paulbourguignon.com.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Saturdays. Admission is always free. For more information, call (740) 368-3606.

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