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Simple Truths Exhibit: Still Life Paintings by Pierre Daura
January 8 - May 16
This exhibition celebrates a recent gift of artworks by Pierre Daura (1896–1976) and compliments the concurrent exhibition on the Cercle et Carré group. Although Daura co-founded the abstractionist group, most of his life’s work sought underlying structures in representational images, rather than total abstraction. A central source for Daura’s thinking was the German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716), who described “petite perceptions,” seemingly simple observations that reveal universal constants. This search for an interconnected truth in nature is especially evident in a series of still-life watercolors of fruit that Daura painted, selections from which form the core of this exhibition, along with oil paintings, etchings, and sculpture by this important but understudied artist.