Pavillon du musée Fabre, Montpellier
Germaine Richier (Grans, 1902 - Montpellier, 1959) trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montpellier before becoming a pupil of Bourdelle.
One of the finest sculptors of the 20th century, her links with Languedoc-Roussillon are nonetheless relatively little-known. Richier visited the region on many occasions throughout her career, and died in Montpellier in 1959. The present exhibition, selected with the support of her family, testifies to her close relationship with the Languedoc region, and looks ahead to the future gallery devoted to her work, in the re-opened Musée Fabre. Together with Loretto, the Bat and the bust of Marguerite Lamy, the chosen works retrace the full span of Richier's artistic career, with a particular focus on the 1940s and 50s, when she explored the depths of human existence in her work, notably with her series of "hybrids" such as the Mantis and Spider. The exhibition marks a significant reaffirmation of Germaine Richier's connections with Languedoc-Roussillon – a region in which she found constant support and inspiration. A subscription launched by the Friends of the Musée Fabre has enabled the museum to acquire this collection of her work, which remains unique among French public art museums.