Bandeau hugo
10 November
10 March

Georges Hugo

The Art of Being a Grandson
Georges Hugo (1868-1925), the poet’s grandson, whom he immortalised as a child in The Art of Being a Grandfather, was a contradictory figure throughout his life.

Lulled in an overly happy but grief-ridden childhood, heir to Victor Hugo’s fame in spite of his shyness, rich but profligate, a socialite and an ordinary seaman, a witness to the Belle Époque but also a first-world-war infantryman who sketched life in the trenches in the midst of battle, Georges Hugo was first and foremost an artist at heart, who had grown up marvelling at his grandfather’s drawings. Both an exquisite landscape artist and a pithy chronicler of socialite life and entertainment, he became a memorialist of passing time.

This monographic exhibition pays tribute to him and invites the public to discover the man through his paintings, watercolours and drawings. A number of photographs and family archives – as well as a catalogue in the form of a biography – will provide further insight into this extraordinary, gifted and endearing personality, who once told his son: “I am no role model!”

Public et Horaire

  • Enfant / Adolescent
  • Famille
  • Adulte
Les horaires en détail


Hauteville House
Maison de Victor Hugo - Hauteville House

6 place des Vosges
75014 Paris

Infos Pratiques

Horaires de l'exposition

Maison de Victor Hugo

6 place des Vosges

75004 Paris

Opening hours 

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm


  • Enfant / Adolescent
  • Famille
  • Adulte


Georges Hugo enfant

Georges Hugo par Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, dit), 1882 © CC0 Paris Musées/Maisons de Victor Hugo Paris-Guernesey

Head curator

Gérard Audinet, director of Maisons de Victor Hugo Paris-Guernsey


Expert curator

Alexandrine Achille, head of the photographic collections