FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Modern Master Painter Paul-Henri Bourguignon:
Art spanning decades and continents
February 23 – March 31
Cincinnati, OH – January 12, 2018 - Eisele Gallery of Fine Art has been selected to host a retrospective exhibition of artwork by Paul-Henri Bourguignon (1906–1988). The show spans four decades and includes more than 100 paintings and drawings. Although most of this work was painted in Ohio, Bourguignon’s unique perspective began in Europe at the forefront of mid-century modern art movements.
Born in Brussels, Bourguignon studied painting at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Art History at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in the 1920s before going to Paris. He became active in the European art scene where he was introduced to revolutionary art innovations as they swept through Europe.
As the art critic for the Brussels newspaper, Le Phare, in the late 1940s, Bourguignon continually monitored the contemporary art world, interviewing and writing about artists exhibiting in Belgium and France. His insatiable curiosity about people and customs of far-away places led him to travel to Spain, Corsica, France, Haiti, Italy, Yugoslavia, North Africa, the Caribbean, and Peru.
He lived in Haiti and Peru before settling in Ohio in 1950 with his wife, Erika Eichhorn, an anthropologist at The Ohio State University. From then until his death, Bourguignon was a prolific painter, recalling with vivid intensity scenes from his travels and his impressions of the people he encountered.
In this comprehensive exhibition, a viewer can find a thousand influences dancing through the work of Bourguignon: Cubist perspective innovations, Fauvist intensity of color, strong emotions portrayed in Expressionist styles, and poignant Minimalism. Bourguignon explored these and other modernist movements through his own lens, developing a style distinct from his European contemporaries, imbuing his work with the richness of his own personal experiences mixed with whimsy.
Doug Eisele, gallery owner, said, “We are thrilled to share this exciting museum-quality exhibition with Cincinnati. It is rare to find an Ohio artist as worldly and knowledgeable as Bourguignon. Because he was a newspaper art critic during such an important art period, he had access to the most successful modern artists of his time. He understood modernism in all its intricacies and his art reflects his sophistication. His paintings are fresh, accessible, and they appeal to both seasoned and new collectors.”
Bourguignon artwork can be found in public and private collections and in museums in the United States and Europe. The Columbus Museum of Art mounted a solo exhibition of his work in 1964, and, 50 years later, in 2014. More information on the artist is available at http://www.paulbourguignon.com
The Eisele Gallery is one of Cincinnati's oldest and most respected fine art galleries specializing in original paintings by noted 18th, 19th and 20th century American and European artists as well as renowned local, regional and national living artists.
In addition, the Eisele Gallery is accepting reservations for private and group showings, tours, events and receptions during this important and exciting exhibition and sale. Call for details at (513) 791-7717 or email