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It may be surprising that on the occasion of the 250th birthday of Chateaubriand (1768-1848), drawings by Goethe are exhibited in his house. Apart from the youthful enthusiasm for the Werther - which he never revoked - Chateaubriand did not appreciate the genius of Weimar, on the contrary, he reproached him with his Spinozism and materialism. For his part, Goethe (1749-1832) displayed less hostility (he even praised Chateaubriand as an "important rhetorical talent"), but he does not seem to have been enthusiastic about what he knew about Chateaubriand's work, especially about the spirit of Christianity.
Of course, beyond these differences, similarities can be established: belonging to the same culture, the legacy of antiquity, the key role in the emergence of Romanticism, the reservation of what they regarded as the exaggeration of the Romantics. In addition, these two authors have basically the same way of appreciating landscapes in their true reality, but also on their own: both give the urge for accuracy a lot of space and at the same time entrust the landscape representation with its inwardness. This correspondence is to be illustrated here, in a dialogue in which proximity comes to the fore and unfolds a particularly delicate play of nuances - yet the drawings and writings compiled for this exhibition deal with the same landscapes, especially in Italy, but also in Italy Germany and Switzerland.
At the same time, the catalog is the only publication on Goethe's drawings currently available on the market.
Goethe & Chateaubriand - Views that meet in the landscape
Catalog of the exhibition in the Domaine départemental de la Vallée-aux-Loups -
House and park of Chateaubriand from 19 May to 19 August 2018
Curator: Bernard Degout, head of the House of Chateaubriand
Guest Curator: Hermann Mildenberger, Head of the Graphic Collections of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Editor: Pierre-Yves Guice, Deputy Director-General of the Département des Hauts-de-Seine
Paperback, 160 pages with numerous illustrations and facsimiles, some of them never publicly shown
Bilingual edition in German and French
Article No. 2204
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