INVITATION AU VOYAGE
In this collection, Djillali Mehri invites you not only to share with him a journey through time, but also his own journey as a collector. It all began in 1963 when he saw for the first time a work by Etienne Dinet, hung in the office of a local official in Oran. Struck by its beauty, he made enquiries with French families in Algeria, and buys from individuals or in galleries and public sales.
Sometimes a desired picture escapes to him. He consoles himself with another, goes to other painters, other countries, then returns to Dinet.
In his appreciation of the man and the work, Djillali Mehri was indeed a precursor.
During the posthumous retrospective, which took place at the Colonial Exhibition in Paris in 1931, Dinet was already a victim, like many others, of the cycle of taste and fashion. His paintings acquired by museums were no longer visible, and his name excluded from works of art history.
Even with the revival of interest in Orientalism in the 1970’s, its importance was not recognized during a long time,
an injustice partially repaired by the publication of the long research work by Koudir Benchikou.
Today, all this is in the past. Not only a selection of paintings from the collection has been presented to the public in the heart of Paris at “Artcurial” in 2003, but an Etienne Dinet exhibition, also for “Jazaïr, the Year of Algeria in France”, took place at the Museum of Fine Arts of Nantes for the Algerians and their daily life.
jOIE DE VIVRE
LA VIE D'HOMME
LA VIE RUrALE ET LE SUD
EAU, SOURCE DE VIE
L'ESPACE ET LE SILENCE
LES GRANDES VILLES
Alarçon - Alsina - Anthonissen - Balande - Bellet - Belly - Benjamin Benwell - Birck - Bouviolle - Boze - Bridgman - Brun - Chataud - Checa Sanz - Clairin - Deshayes - Dinet - Giraud - Giroux - Goujon Grimberghe Guédy - Gumery - Güterbock - Hagemann - Huguet - Laporte - Lazerges Lazerges - Lévy - MUENIER - Noiré - Rochegrosse - Rousseau - Siegen Styka - Ten Cate - Theriat - Van Mens - Verschaffelt - Warren Washington - Wauters - Wyld