Les Sables d'Olonne

Georges Bataille

Musee de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix

It was at the seaside resort of Les Sables d’Olonne that philosopher, Georges Bataille began Les larmes d’Eros (The tears of Eros) in the summer of 1959. Ambitiously conceived as an illustrated history of eroticism, this book was to have been, in Bataille’s words, “more remarkable than any I’ve published so far.” It was his last, completed against the odds of illness in April 1961. Three decades later, Les larmes d’Eros has literally become a kind of “pre-text” for this two-part artistic homage, aimed at tracing the echoes of “Bataillian thought” in the visual arts of his time and ours.

The retrospective portion of this exhibit excels twice over. First because of the impact, individual and collective, of works by the generation of artists extending from Pablo Picasso to Francis Bacon by way of Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, André Masson, Jean Fautrier, Hans Bellmer, Pierre

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