the “Romances in Touraine” exhibition on view until Monday May 13

the “Romances in Touraine” exhibition on view until Monday May 13
the “Romances in Touraine” exhibition on view until Monday May 13

From May 10 to 13, 2024, at the La Tour manor, a conference and an exhibition organized by the Hommes et Patrimoine association honored two local personalities, the Saint-Cyrian writer Roland Engerand and the painter, designer and Touraine engraver Ferdinand Dubreuil.

On the theme “Romances in Touraine” Michèle Boiron, curator of the exhibition, spoke about the collaboration between these two artists by taking the public to the places drawn by Ferdinand Dubreuil accompanying the stories of Roland Engerand. A circuit that the speaker took with members of Hommes et Patrimoine who photographed these mythical places to make the link with the illustrations of the time and their current appearance.

Emblematic places of some muses

Michèle Boiron, honorary lecturer at the University of Tours, passionate about the meeting between Ferdinand Dubreuil and Roland Engerand, commented on the artist’s illustrations showing sites that have marked the history of women who influenced kings or poets.

The conference and exhibition were delivered in the form of a visit following three circuits. The first, which evokes Wallis Simpson and Marie d’Avaugour, passes through the castles of Candé, Montbazon, Veigné and Véretz, then Loches, to evoke Agnès Sorel and the loves of Alfred de Vigny. The second by the priory of Saint-Cosme where Pierre de Ronsard celebrated the woman then at La Bourdaisière with Marie Guaudin and at the abbey of Fontevraud (Maine-et-Loire) where Eleanor of Aquitaine retired. The third path takes you to La Bcalerie, to the manor of Louise de La Vallière in Reugny, then to Chanceaux-sur-Choisille, to meet the actress Eve Lavallière.

A rich exhibition

In the two rooms of the manor are exhibited: works from the series Adorable Touraine, by Roland Engerand, illustrations by Ferdinand Dubreuil, portraits, engravings, photos, manuscripts as well as the albums that Ferdinand Dubreuil and Roland Engerand published on Honoré de Balzac, François Rabelais and Pierre de Ronsard.

Open again this Monday, May 13, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Manoir de la Tour. E-mail: [email protected]
A catalog supplementing the exhibition is available at the association’s premises.

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