In 1955, Denis Brihat made a long and difficult journey in northern India, which he considers to be the most important of his life. He devoted a year to realize the images dedicated to India, its temples, its sculptures. Ajantâ, Khajurâho, the golden temple of Amritsar, sacred places, the sources of the Ganges as well as a portrait of the Sikhs were among the assignments he also tried to honor for several publishers. Brihat went on board in Southampton.
His boat crossed the Suez Canal before arriving in Bombay, 15 days later. In India, night and day, a story published by his travel companion Louis Frederic, Denis Brihat is described as a twenty-eight years character, “tall with a blond beard and blue eyed, a little nonchalant, happy go lucky and a big eater “…
His return was much more difficult. The heat wave added to the fatigue, his health weakened. His fronds and his rebellion, his hopes and his vision of the world were no longer quite the same.
Denis Brihat often meditated on what he had felt during this stay. This Indian experience continues to pursue him, he says he never really came back …
Excerpt from the text by Alain Paire, portraits of a memory.
Denis Brihat : Inde, 1955
from October 5 to November 16, 2019
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