Exhibition "Gabriel Loire, Gabériol, works for the youth 1934-1950"
From June 19 to September 19, 2021 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Chartres
Trained in the workshops of Charles Lorin from April 1, 1926, Gabriel Loire left them in 1936. He then signed a non-competition clause with his former master prohibiting him from producing stained glass in Chartres for ten years.
His creativity did not weaken, and Loire redoubled its efforts to create furniture, illustrations, Stations of the Cross, and a whole production intended for a young - even very young - audience. It is this part of the Loire quarry, too little explored in our opinion, which is at the center of this exhibition.
One cannot help but be struck by the artist's very sustained activity in the fields of illustration of books and tales for children, but also of drawing and the design of toys and board games. from 1934 to the late 1940s.
Gabriel Loire's interest in these subjects does not stem directly from his inability to produce stained glass at this time. In 1924, the artist financed the publication of his thesis, Le Vitrail: glimpses historique, artistic et techniques, by illustrating Les Fables de Jean de La Fontaine. Similarly, he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Gabériol a tale entitled Une nuit fantastique in 1934, two years before the signing of the non-competition clause with the Lorin workshops, at a time when one found very few illustrated books for children.
The exhibition will present the production of Gabriel Loire in the field of illustration of school textbooks and religious books as well as his work for childhood and youth literature. A fantastic night and A wonderful night, two tales written and illustrated by Loire under the pseudonym Gabériol in 1934 will be evoked through preparatory works in gouache.
You can also see cubes, puzzles and other board games, sometimes accompanied by preparatory drawings. All these productions put together will make it possible to better define the personality of this complete artist that was Gabriel Loire.