May 9, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Vouvry - Exhibition
This exhibition reunites the works of the couple François Birbaum, who was “Master Craftsman" at Carl Fabergé, and Marguerite Duperthuis. Her paintings can be viewed by the public for the first time ever.
Frants Petrovitch Birbaum was “Master Craftsman" at Carl Fabergé and responsible for the final form of most of the pieces. An artist, artisan and eminent designer, he is one of the Swiss personalities who helped to build modern Russia. He loved the people, their genius, literature, and art.
Back in Switzerland after the October Revolution, this accomplished artist began a second career as a refined pastel painter, goldsmith and jeweller. With the greatest modesty, he helped to make known and appreciate the many wonders of the country of Switzerland. He began to paint using many techniques, gouache, watercolour and pastel, from which he could draw beautiful landscapes. His pastels show us the nature of the mountain in its purest form, with paintings of internalised simplification capturing the colours of the moment. Thanks to his biographer, Eric-Alain Kohler, we will have the privilege of understanding the finesse and grace that François Birbaum developed at Fabergé. We will also be able to discover the work of Marguerite Duperthuis an accomplished artist who studied in Paris. The couple met again during a summer above Corbeyrier (VD) before marrying and living together for a quarter of a century until the disappearance of Birbaum in 1947. Marguerite Duperthuis died in 1962 in Troistorrents (VS). Between them, they documented the Chablais region before the major land improvements and before the constructions of the second half of the 20th century. And especially their love of the Chablais which inundated them with beauty, from the humblest flower in the field to the icy and mineral world of the Alpes vaudoises and valaisannes.