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ART SEEN - Political Drawing, Poetic Drawing

ART SEEN // Art & Culture // Dec. 13, 2018

This exhibition in Vevey is a fascinating mix of political drawings and landscape drawings, from Rembrandt to Goya to contemporary cartoonists. But why put two very different categories of art together?

Rosa Timimi takes a look…


  • Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005) La Politique, 1985 Aquarelle sur papier, 580 x 390 mm Fondation Folon, La Hulpe, Belgique
  • © 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich Photo Johan Geleyns


'Dessin Politique Dessin Poetique'; Political drawing, Poetic drawing at the Musée Jenisch in Vevey

Looking at the works of art from the 1600s to present day, it is fascinating to see how each genre has developed. Political drawings vary from realistic portraits of human hardship to satirical and witty cartoons. The landscape art is detailed and precise, yet today’s experimental pieces are just as atmospheric. Both styles are equally hard-hitting.

The exhibition draws interesting parallels between the two categories of art. I was struck by how some landscapes can have as much of an emotional impact as depictions of social turmoil.


  • Martial Leiter (*1952) Haute cuisine, 2011 Plume et encre sur papier, 224 x 164 mm Collection de l’artiste 
  • © Martial Leiter


By displaying their landscape art alongside their political art, the exhibition shows the artists’ different sides. Who knew, for example, that impressionist landscape artist Camille Pissaro was an ardent anarchist who produced a number of political works?


  • Image: Dennis Lopatine (*1977) Charles Darwin, 2017 Huile sur papier, 580 x 400 mm Collection de l’artiste
  • © Dennis Lopatine


What:                       'DESSIN POLITIQUE, DESSIN POETIQUE' (Political Drawings, Poetic Drawings)
Where:                     Musée Jenisch Vevey, Avenue de la Gare 2, CH-1800 Vevey
When:                      until the 24th February. Open Tuesday to Sunday 
Opening times:      10am to 6pm (and 8pm on Thursdays)                           
Entry Fees:             Adults 12 CHF. Free for under 18s and art students





Art Seen is sponsored by Africa - the Ecstatic Religions exhibition at MEG - Musée d'ethnographie de Genève. 



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