PLACING PIERRE DAURA: OPEN TODAY

Check out the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, Placing Pierre Daura, which runs through September 28th, 2014. 

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Jan 1, 1976: Passes Away

In 1972, Louise Daura passed away; both Pierre and Louise are buried in Rockbridge Baths, Virginia. 

Pierre Daura
Self-Portrait with Red Tie, 1954-59
Oil on canvas

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1959-76: Routinely visited St. Cirq

Always a beloved place of Pierre Daura and his family, they returned to the medieval village of St. Cirq Lapopie, France, during the summers. Eglise et Village, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a large and beautiful landscape demonstrating Daura’s great attention to detail, embodies his unique directional perspective, and speaks to the inspiration the village afforded him and his family. 

Pierre Daura
Eglise et village, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, n.d.
Oil on canvas

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1959: Settled in Rockbridge Baths, VA permanently

Daura built a contemporary house and studio in Rockbridge Baths, VA in 1959, and alternated seasons between Virginia and St. Cirq Lapopie.  This watercolor, Horses and Chicken House, painted in 1950, demonstrates Daura’s pictorial exploration of the Virginia landscape and pastoral environment. 

Pierre Daura
Horses and Chicken House, ca. 1950
Watercolor painting on paper

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1945: Joined Lynchburg College Art Department as a Professor

From 1945-46 Daura was chairman of the Art Department at Lynchburg College, and taught at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College till 1953. Mohler Barn with Grapes, painted in 1955, after Daura had returned to painting fulltime, demonstrates Daura’s appreciation for the simple architecture and lush wildlife of Virginia. 

Pierre Daura
Mohler Barn with Grapes, ca. 1955
Oil painting on matboard

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1939: Moved to Virginia

In 1939, Pierre, Louise, and Martha relocated to Virginia. This colorful watercolor depicts an autumn tree, an inspiring detail of the Virginia landscape that Daura explored in other paintings.  

Pierre Daura
Autumn Tree, ca.1962
Watercolor painting on paper

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1937: Daura Joins Republican Army

At the age of 41, Pierre Daura left France to enlist in the Spanish Republican Army to fight Francisco Franco and his semi-fascist Movimiento Nacional. Daura was affectionately referred to as “Grandfather” by his platoon. Throughout his service Daura drew, etched, created art, and told stories. Daura refused to return to Spain after convalescing from injury in France, which resulted in Daura and Martha losing their Spanish citizenship. This etching depicts a Republican army soldier of the 59th Brigade. 

Pierre Daura
¡A Teruel! Uno de la 59 Brigada, Gea 1937 (On to Teruel! Member of the 59th Brigade), 1937-39
Etching and aquatint

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1934-35: Lived at Rockbridge Baths and met Louise’s family

In 1934, Martha, Pierre, and Louise travelled to Virginia to meet Louise’s family. Winter Landscape, though painted in 1950, demonstrates how the Virginia landscape inspired many of Daura’s paintings. (Painting now resides at the Virginia Historical Society).

Pierre Daura
Winter Landscape, ca. 1950
Oil on masonite

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1930: Martha

Martha Daura was born September 24th, 1930, in France. She now resides in Oregon and has generously donated her father’s art works to schools and museums, including the University of Oregon.  Martha was a common subject for her father’s work, in this pen & ink rendition of Martha at age four, we see one of the first depictions of Martha through her father’s gaze. 

Pierre Daura
Martha Behind a Chair, 1934
Pen and ink on off-white paper

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1929-30: Cercle et Carre

Joining forces with Michel Seuphor and Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Pierre Daura helped found Cercle et Carre, which emphasized abstraction and geometric constructionism as opposed to Surrealism. Though the group only lasted a short period of time, it is considered significant in the realm of modern art. Daura designed the logo for Cercle et Carre:

Pierre Daura

1929

And here is one of Daura’s abstract works:

Pierre Daura
Composition in Gray and Blue, n.d.
Oil on canvas

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