"Camille Niogret (1910-2009) - Noctural"Camille Niogret (1910-2009)
Oil on panel (isorel)
Signed lower right
Dimensions of the work : 54 x 65 cm
Original frame dimensions: 67 x 78 cm
Small traces of wear on the original frame
Camille Niogret studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon from 1926, then continued her training at the École supérieure de peinture in Brussels. Back in Lyon, he began his career as a draughtsman (dessinandier) of fabrics for canuts.
His work, too little recognized, leads him to join the Témoignage group (1936-1943) run by the Lyon gallery owner Marcel Michaud. There he rubbed shoulders with sculptors Étienne Martin and François Stahly, painters Jean le Moal, Jean Manessier, Jean Bertholle and René Burlet. This group of artists is on a spiritual quest, they seek to give a deep meaning to their plastic productions. The contributions of the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, impressionist, cubist and surrealist, led them to move away from easel painting. The search for a certain verticality that lifts the human gaze and soul is at the centre of their thinking. It is in this sense that they invest the architecture, the wall, by working on the stained glass, the fresco, the tapestry.
Camille Niogret will go even further in this approach by founding the Groupe d'Art monumental which aims to bring a form of rebirth of art forms within architecture. One of the productions of this movement is the stained-glass window of the Guichard metro station in Lyon that he created in collaboration with René Burlet.
The work we present here illustrates Camille Niogret's desire to rehabilitate the spiritual values of art. The composition is marked by a verticality counterbalanced by a dark palette, illuminated by a few cleverly arranged points of light. The effect produced, rather mysterious, exudes a certain serenity.
Lyon Sacré, Lyon, Chapelle de la basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Musée du diocèse de Lyon, 1991
Alain Vollerin, Lyon Sacré, Catalogue d’exposition, Lyon, Chapelle de la basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Musée du diocèse de Lyon, 1991
René Deroudille, Camille Niogret : tradition et progrès, Lyon Pharmaceutique, mars 1981, n° 32, p. 83