Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Unveiling at the Jules Verne Museum

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the unveiling of two paintings that are now part of the permanent collection at the Jules Verne Museum in Nantes, France.

Upper left: The paintings on the wall of the museum near the entrance; the dedication ceremony yesterday; the Jules Verne medal presented to me by Jean-Louis Jossic, the cultural minister of Nantes; and standing near the fountain in the Place Royale, where the painting is set.

According to the article in today's Ouest-France:

"Le musée acquiert deux illustrations de l'auteur de Dinotopia: l'une, Décollage nocturne, a servi pour l'affice du festival des Utopiales 2009, tandis qu'une autre représenet le musée installé sur son rocher."
Ouest France: "Deux oeuvres de James Gurney au musée Jules Verne"
Musée Jules Verne
Utopiales Festival 2009

Previous GJ Posts:
Floating Jules Verne Museum
Utopiales Painting, Part 7: Final Painting
Part 6: Washin
Part 5: Pencil Drawing
Part 4: Lighting
Part 3: Maquette
Part 2: Researching Insect Flight
Part 1: Initial Sketches


Markus Bühler said...

Nice to see that you could contribute something to the collection of this fantastic museum. I think your way of painting perfectly harmonize with the atmosphere of Jules Verne´s stories. You should really do some pieces about "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", "Propeller Island" or "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth", to name just some of the more famous novels. The often more or less steampunk-fashioned novels would concur very well with the Dinotopia-World. I have a big collection of most of Verne´s novels with reprints of the original illustrations. It is really amazing what fantastic ideas this man had more than a century ago. Most people know only the most popular novels like "Around the World in Eighty Days", "Mysterious Island" or the formerly mentioned novels and stories, but there are so much more, which are lesser popular, but also great to read. Some of them, like "The Child of the Caverns" would probably be even suited for horror-movie adaptions.

F. Emmanuel Laverde said...

Amazing paintings! Congratulations James.

My Pen Name said...

Congratulations James!

Christian Schlierkamp said...

Congratulations, James! That's awesome news!

Andrés Carrandi said...

Congratulations, Mr. Gurney. I love the Utopiales poster!