NEW YORK CITY–FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Hugo Galerie Madison Avenue
Oh! Les Beaux Jours
Featuring Fabienne Delacroix
2 December 2021–2 January 2022
  
HUGO GALERIE is pleased to present Oh! Les Beaux Jours, a solo exhibition of Fabienne Delacroix’s seasonal celebrations of Paris. Every painting is a love letter to the City of Light as much as it is to a distinct season of delight.

Delacroix cites Charles Baudelaire’s poem “Brumes et Pluis” (or “Mists and Rains”) as particularly close to her heart, quoting the verses “O late autumns, winters, springs soaked in mud, Sleepy seasons! I love you and praise you.” It is no surprise Delacroix sees in Baudelaire a kindred spirit, as her art form likewise bursts with romanticism; each work is its own petite poem with color and line as balanced, invigorating, and heartfelt as Baudelaire’s wordplay.

The title of the exhibition, Oh! Les Beaux Jours, translates to Oh! The Good Days. And though her paintings’ many hats, chimney plumes, and horse-drawn carriages place Paris squarely within its Belle Époque, Delacroix makes the canvases present by revitalizing our senses in true romantic fashion. It is all too easy to hear the crunching leaves, falling snow, and rain pitter-patter; to smell the earthy decay, the whiffs of hearty meals, and the puddle-strewn sidewalks; to feel the welcome warmth of autumn’s brassy glow, winter’s sparkling sunrise, and spring’s first exhale. It is all too easy to fall under Delacroix’s spell and be enchanted by her artwork. It is all too easy because a small dose of simple joy goes a long way when skepticism is de rigueur. 

This is what distinguishes Delacroix from Baudelaire. Whereas the poet’s attitude often tended toward cynicism, Delacroix’s painted poetry refuses the somewhat trendy pessimism of our current climate and pioneers a cheerfulness refreshing to the soul. Her canvases are day dreams, yet sufficiently grounded in our abiding environment to stir real emotion. Fallen foliage really does crackle underfoot, the heady scent of cloves really does intoxicate, and the barely-there breath of spring sometime in late March really does reignite your will to live.

While sartorial choices, heat sources, and modes of transportation might have changed in the century and a half separating her paintings’ characters and viewers, very little about Delacroix’s true subject has: Paris—its poetry, its seasons, and its romance.

HUGO GALERIE is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres. Please direct inquiries to info@hugogalerie.com.

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JOSEPH ADOLPHEELIZABETH ALLISON | FRANÇOIS ANTON | DIEGO BENÉITEZBETH CARTER | MARC CHALMÉ | GUILLAUME CHANSAREL | YVES CRENN | JESÚS CURIÁ | MARC DAILLYLAURENT DAUPTAIN | FABIENNE DELACROIXPHILIPPE H. DEQUESNE | JERNEJ FORBICI | ĠOXWA | ALBERT HADJIGANEV | FEDERICO INFANTE | PHILIPPE CHARLES JACQUET | CHIZURU MORII KAPLAN | JULIA LEVITINA | SANDRINE PAUMELLE | JOSEPH PAXTON | PATRICK PIETROPOLI | ALEJANDRO QUINCOCES | DANIEL RAYNOTT | XAVIER RODÉS | ERIC ROUX-FONTAINE | BRIAN KEITH STEPHENSBENOÎT TRIMBORN

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