You are now at the end of this program,
but a return visit is still possible.
Perhaps one last look at a Magdalene?

Jacques-Edouard Berger's 1959
school contest project on La Tour ended
with three short chapters analyzing specific works
and a concluding chapter on his oeuvre as a whole.

Jacques-Edouard Berger sought inspiration in various sources to build up his knowledge on this subject.

After the 1934 exhibition marking the rediscovery of the "Master of Lunéville" by the grand public, a landmark thesis on the oeuvre of Georges de La Tour was presented at the Sorbonne in 1947. Its author, François-Georges Pariset, remains one of the most respected authorities on the subject.

In 1972, a first solo exhibition on Georges de La Tour took place at the Orangerie Museum, sponsored by Pierre Landry, the person - by then very advanced in years - who first rediscovered La Tour in 1926. One of the exhibition organizers, Jacques Thuillier, is the author of several articles and books that constitute invaluable sources of information on this artist.

The English translation by Margie Mounier, of the original French text by Robert Cottet (as based on the notes of Jacques-Edouard Berger), used as a reference source: Philip Conisbee's (curator of French paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington) "Georges de La Tour and His World", published upon the occasion of an exhibition devoted to Georges de La Tour (National Gallery of Art, Washington and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, October 1996 - May 1997). Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1996.

All through this program devoted to Georges de La Tour, you will have come across references to other artists. You are welcome to visit this site's programs on Botticelli and Vermeer and, shortly, Caravaggio.

Do take the time to visit the many other programs featured by the World Art Treasures site.

This program, belonging to the World Art Treasures series, was drawn up by Robert Cottet, a former student of Jacques-Edouard Berger. Together with his wife Anne, who assisted him, he dedicates the program to their children - Martine, Zoé, and Antoine - and to all those for whom a tiny flame continues to glimmer somewhere in the darkest night.

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