You know Victor Hugo for his epic novels such as Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but do you know him as an artist as well? The drawings of the well-known French novelist will be exhibited at the Hammer Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles from September 27th to December 30th this year, in an exhibit called “Stones and Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo.”
The name of the exhibit comes from Hugo presentation of water in many of his drawings; the melange of ink and wash on paper creates a replication of flowing waves. The greater than 75 drawings and other pieces showcased span his entire career, with many dating from Hugo’s 16 year exile during which he created over 3,000 works of art. The pieces in this exhibit come from all over the world, with special loans from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Maisons de Victor Hugo. Admission to the museum is free so if you’re not interested in the private tour and want to save money, give yourself a self-tour by reading up on Hugo’s art beforehand.
For a more intimate experience, the Alliance Francaise de Los Angeles will host a private, guided tour for its art club on September 29th at 11:00 am. It costs $20 for members, and $25 for non-members, and places should be reserved in advance.