Who is Félix Fénéon?

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A major critical figure of the artistic world at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Félix Fénéon was indeed such an enigmatic character, that an exhibition at the museum of the Orangerie is devoted to him. A talent promoter, art critic, magazine editor, gallery director as well as a prodigious collector, Fénéon, though he was not an artist himself, was a major critical figure of the artistic world at the turn of the century between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. The topic is today indeed the rediscovery of his tribute to modernity. 

After a recent exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly revealing his passion for the arts from Africa and Oceania, which contributed to the evolution of our perception of “arts from remote places”, the Musée de l'Orangerie is now focusing on his action as a man who believed in modernity. In parallel with his anarchist convictions and his Dreyfusard stance (in the Dreyfus affair), he was an extremely active writer. He was a friend of the poets Mallarmé and Apollinaire, an active and bold contributor of the cultural Revue Blanche close to the Nabis, and promoted and supported artists through his criticisms, exhibitions and acquisitions: Fénéon coined the term Neo-Impressionism and passionately defended Seurat and Signac among others. In 1906, he supported the Fauves and later, in 1912, organized the first exhibition of the Italian Futurists at the Galerie Bernheim Jeune. Through a selection of major works he loved and collected, the exhibition reveals his rich and complex personality, at the crossroads of all the components of the new culture emerging at the dawn of the twentieth century.  

eugene-eugene.jpgAfter this visit at the Orangerie, why not take metro line 1, from Concorde station, to discover an old glass market hall which resembles a large modern-style country house and where customers feel special and welcome. Within its industrial design, the strategic location of the circular green marble bar is like the central table kitchen at home, the large dining table evokes a dining room, the covered terrace feels like a balcony and the garden is every city-dweller’s dream come true. At Eugène’s, you will also discover an elegant greenhouse in the middle of a garden, leading to a vegetable patch where seasonal fruit and vegetables grow to be incorporated into homegrown dishes. Take advantage of this opportunity to relax in a warm, bucolic ambiance –a refreshing oasis just outside the city!