Victor Hugo
10 June
21 November

Victor Hugo. The drawings

An intimate view of a genius
Too often reduced to his own signature brand of dreamlike, visionary landscapes, Victor Hugo's graphic work is in fact rich and diverse.

It should be explored whenever the occasion arises, since the frailty of the drawings makes viewing opportunities increasingly rare. Featuring renowned masterpieces from the collection together with illustrations well worth rediscovering, the exhibition aims to take the visitor into the very core of the creative legacy that Victor Hugo kept, like a secret garden, for the intimate circle of family, friends, and himself.

A solitary and a quasi-self-taught artist, Victor Hugo nonetheless kept a keen eye on some of the Romantic painters with whom he was acquainted, such as Celestin Nanteuil, especially in his early years. He also interacted with engravers who, during his lifetime, disseminated his drawings in a sometimes spectacular way. He also confronted himself, divided between the sublime and the grotesque, between contemplation of nature and moral or political satire, which were the two facets of his mind and alternate throughout his life, tracing a dividing line between landscapes and caricatures.

His work also expresses the complicity he shared with Juliette Drouet, at whose house he completed his best drawings in 1850 and who was often his first spectator and first collector.




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  • Famille
  • Adulte
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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

Métro Bastille, Saint-Paul, Chemin Vert

Museum open from tuesday to sunday (10am to 6pm)

Full price : 9€

Reduced price: 7€

Free for holders of the Paris Museums card, for those under the age of 18, persons with disabilities and their companion. Free access for permanent collections.


  • Enfant / Adolescent
  • Famille
  • Adulte