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Culture Day of Rueil-Malmaison

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About : Culture Day of Rueil-Malmaison

The Museum of Local History hosts in storage for several years a large format (4m x 5m) of Maurice Orange, a painter who visited Egypt in 1893-1894. On the site of the Pyramids of Giza, Bonaparte studies the latest archaeological finds presented to him: mummy, canopic vase, funerary statuettes ... The presence of more than 150 scientists alongside Bonaparte during the Egyptian campaign and the publication of their works in a book of 20 volumes, the Description of Egypt, gave birth to the cultural movement of Egyptomania in the nineteenth century.

Born in Granville in 1867, Maurice Orange trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris with the orientalist painter Jean-Léon Gérôme. Passionate at the same time by the historical painting, the military costumes and the Napoleonic epic, he realizes in 1895 an oil on canvas which gathers his favorite themes: Bonaparte in front of the pyramids contemplating the mummy of a king which illustrates the conquest of the Egypt in 1898. Two years earlier, the artist received a scholarship to go to Egypt where he visited all the major archaeological sites and carried out many oil and watercolor studies.

Detailed presentations of the painting will be proposed between 2 pm and 5 pm !

Place du 11 novembre 1918 92500 Rueil-Malmaison France

Phone : 01 47 32 66 50

e-mail :


Saturday 26 May 2018.

Period: Spring


Free of charge.


Spoken languages : French


RER A / Rueil-Malmaison station, and then bus n°144 : ‘Mairie de Rueil’ bus stop.

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