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    Jean Daret


    From June 15 to September 29,2024

    In partnership with

    Joueur de guitare Jean Daret (1614-1668), huile sur toile, 128,2 x 101 cm , musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, photo C. Almodovar

    This summer, Musée Granet is devoting an original exhibition - the first of its kind - to the great Provençal Baroque painter Jean Daret (Brussels, 1614 - Aix-en-Provence, 1668).

    Jean Daret painted for the most prestigious patrons of his time, including King Louis XIV and the Governor of Provence. Still, his name only became more widely known in 1978 when his work was included in an exhibition of Provençal paintings in Marseille.

    That said, Jean Daret is still far from a household name. Although his paintings hang in museums in France, the United States, and Russia, in churches and cathedrals across Provence, and in private townhouses in Aix-en-Provence —the Hôtel de Châteaurenard and the Hôtel Maurel de Pontevès—his extensive body of work deserves better recognition.

    The exhibition at Musée Granet is an opportunity to display an outstanding ensemble of about one hundred pieces, including the artist's most accomplished works, oils on canvas, drawings and engravings, alongside paintings by great 17th-century masters, including Paris-based artist Jacques Blanchard and Provençal painters Nicolas MignardReynaud Levieux and Gilles Garcin.

    The public will also be able to admire his works outside the museum, in the churches of towns and villages across three départements of Provence.

    The show will be organised into eight themed sections, presented in chronological order, exploring each stage in the artist’s career, from his early masterpieces in “Daret: Caravaggesque painter” to his elegant and opulent genre scenes and his devotional and decorative works in the “Art Collecting" and “Decoration" sections. The exhibition will also examine the central place occupied by his religious paintings, celebrated for their sobriety and pathos, gentleness, and expressiveness, before concluding with his second stay in Paris and his final years.

    This will be the first exhibition devoted to Jean Daret's work and, more generally, to Provençal Baroque paintingin many years. It will provide an opportunity to appreciate this oeuvre's significance and highlight recent discoveries in the field.

    It will help restore Jean Daret to his rightful place in the history of 17th-century French painting and highlight the rich heritage of Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding region.

    General curator: Bruno Ely, Head Curator, Director of the Musée Granet
    Specialist curator: Jane MacAvock, Specialist in the work of Jean Daret.
    Executive curator: Pamela Grimaud, Heritage Curator, Head of Research and Conservation at Musée Granet
    Associate curator: Pierrick Rodriguez, Curator of Historic Monuments at the DRAC CRMH.

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    From June 15 to September 29, 2024
    Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
    Closing of the cash desks at 5.30 pm (evacuation of rooms from 5:45 p.m)
    Weekly closure on Mondays.

    Full admission : €9
    Reduced admission : €7
    Free: under 18s, students under 26,...

    Combined ticket Musée Granet + Musée du Vieil Aix
    Exhibitions Jean Daret. The King's painter in Provence at the Musée Granet and Aix au Grand Siècle at the Musée du Vieil Aix, valid from 15 June to 29 September 2024.
    Price: €12 (on sale at both museums from 15 June to 29 September 2024).

    Aix-en-Provence Museums Pass Summer 2024
    From 15 to 22 September 2024, use this pass to discover the city's museums: the Musée Granet (and Granet XXe, chapel of the Pénitents blancs), Musée the Pavillon de Vendôme, Musée des Tapisseries, the Musée du Vieil Aix, as well as the Daret Staircase at the Hôtel de Châteaurenard and the Visitation Chapel.
    Price: €22 (1 entry per site).
    On sale this summer in the city's museums.

    Groups :
    download the booking form (pdf - 147 ko)
    Individuals : bookings open in spring 2024

    À voir également à Aix

    Jean Daret, Décor de l'escalier de l’hôtel de Châteaurenard, Aix-en-Provence - Photo P. Biolatto, Ville d’Aix-en-Provence

    An exceptional example of Jean Daret's work in the field of monumental decoration, the ornamentation of the three-ramp staircase is inspired by Italian Baroque art. The artist excelled in the art of trompe-l'œil.

    Hôtel de Châteaurenard, 20 rue Gaston de Saporta, Aix-en-Provence
    Open from 15 June to 29 September 2024 from 10am to 6pm.
    Free admission on presentation of an entrance ticket for the Musée du Vieil Aix or the Musée Granet or a combined ticket or Pass Museums.
    Guided tour combined with the guided tour of the Aix au Grand Siècle exhibition at the Musée du Vieil Aix.

    Exhibition - From June 15, 2024 to January 5, 2025
    With this exhibition, the Musée du Vieil Aix will be highlighting the richness and variety of artistic expression in Aix-en-Provence in the 17thcentury, in architecture, music, painting and the decorative arts. Around fifty works from Aix-en-Provence collections, never or rarely shown before, will be on display at the Hôtel Estienne de Saint-Jean, home to the Musée du Vieil Aix.

    Musée du Vieil Aix, 17 rue Gaston de Saporta, Aix-en-Provence
    Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm (closed on Mondays)
    Full price: €6 / Free for under-26s / Guided tour: €7 (includes visit to the staircase of the Hôtel de Châteaurenard).
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    In the 17th century, Provence was a vast territory whose economic and cultural fabric provided a privileged setting for artists from all walks of life, who benefited from substantial patronage from the parliamentary, merchant and military nobility.

    Like his contemporaries (Nicolas Mignard, Nicolas Pinson, Louis Parrocel, Reynaud Levieux, Michel Serre and many others), Jean Daret received numerous commissions from the clergy of Provence. Some of the many magnificent works resulting from these commissions can still be seen today in the region's churches.

    Thanks to a partnership with the Région Sud PACA  and 15 Provencal towns, around a hundred of these works will be on display this summer. You can discover them by following an itinerary "outside the walls" called Daret en Provence.

    Towns where you can see works by Jean Daret and his contemporaries : Bouches-du-Rhône ( Aix-en-Provence, Lambesc, Martigues, Salon), Vaucluse (Apt, Bonnieux, Oppède, Ménerbes, Pertuis, Cavaillon) and Var (Pignans, Saint-Maximim, Pontevès, Varages, Aups).


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