24 January 2017 - Evénements


9 May to 8 September 2012.

Abraham Hermanjat, From the Orient to Lake Geneva

For the 150th anniversary of the birth of the painter Abraham Hermanjat, the History and Porcelain Museum/Chateau de Nyon, the Musée du Léman and the Abraham Hermanjat Foundation devoted a large-scale retrospective to the artist from the canton of Vaud, exhibiting more than 150 pictures, drawings and engravings, including many works never seen before, thanks to major loans from private and public collections in Switzerland. For the first time in 30 years the work of this resident of Aubonne was on public view in the exhibition Abraham Hermanjat (1862-1932), From the Orient to Lake Geneva, which took place from 11 May to 9 September 2012.

The retrospective, exhibited in two of Nyon’s three museums, brought together items from the artist’s different creative periods. The History Museum focused on orientalist paintings inspired by the time Hermanjat spent in Algeria and Tunisia between 1886 and 1896. The Musée du Léman concentrated on the years 1900-1910, when Hermanjat experimented with modernist styles, such as Cezannism and Fauvism. The exhibition also illustrated the diversity of Switzerland’s landscapes, from the summits of the Alps to views of Lake Geneva from the slopes above the Lake in the canton of Vaud (the region known as La Côte).

A Foundation A. Hermanjat

The Abraham Hermanjat Foundation was set up in 2003 thanks to the generosity of Germaine Hermanjat who wished in this way to promote her father’s work and support emerging art in French-speaking Switzerland.   Nyon, which already possessed a collection of Abraham Hermanjat’s works donated by his daughter, hosts the Foundation which owns the artist’s studio collection and is responsible for inventorying, studying and restoring it.

The current members of the Council of the Abraham Hermanjat Foundation are: Jean-Claude Givel (vice-president), Olivier Mayor (Town Councillor for Culture, Nyon), Rosemonde Bron, Françoise Jaunin, Caroline de Watteville and Dominique Burnier. The secretary is André Rosé and Laurent Langer, assisted by Léonore Porchet, is the curator.