Moyenne affiche pour l'Aurore
147.5 cm x 108.3 cm (58 1/16 in. x 42 5/8 in.)
(Paris, France, 1884 – 1936, Paris, France)
(Gournay (Seine-et-Oise), 1849 - 1906, Paris)
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Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Alvin and Ethel Romansky, 1970
Eugène Carrière established a career as a Naturalist painter before the rise of Symbolism, but his work became increasingly dreamlike after his involvement with the group. Carrière reduced his color palette and depicted figures in a spare, stylized fashion, excluding details of setting, time, and even identity to focus on emotion. Here, a generalized figure raises its hands to its head, pressing on its temples as if overwhelmed by feelings echoed in the swirling background. Carrière’s emotive image reflects his interest in universal, primal forces acting on both humans and nature.
Though his work grew ever more suggestive, Carrière remained committed to the politics of his time. This poster was designed as an advertisement for "L’Aurore [The Dawn]," a leftist daily newspaper that covered literary, artistic, and social issues.