George Dureau: Talking to the Classico, The Barocco and the Rococo

Exhibition Dates: January 6 – 27, 2001
Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 6, 6– 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent oil paintings by George Dureau. The new series of Dureau’s paintings includes a major painting “Mardi Gras ”01.” The paintings are again distinguished by the artist’s singular ability to render the beauty of the human figure in compositions inspired by allegorical scenes from great paintings and sculpture in western art.

After years of study in the Abstract Expressionist School of the 1950’s, the artist realized that his natural draftsman ability was leading him to pursue figurative work. Referring to himself as a “Classical-Romantic”, the artist composes his subjects with control and clear intention, then proceeds to paint them with passion and abandon.

George Dureau has nationally and internationally exhibited paintings of figures, still lifes, landscapes and photography since the early 1960’s. He has gained considerable recognition for his photographs of male nudes and was a major influence on the early work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Twenty-four of his photographs are included in the permanent collection of The Musee de Photographie in Paris and his paintings are represented in major museums around the country.

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