In this second part of our focus on Dijon artists, discover three personalities whose careers demonstrate that Dijon has nothing to envy to the greatest artistic capitals.
Anatole Devosges is a painter born in Dijon and rooted in its territory. Son of the painter François Devosges, professor and director of the Academy of Painting and Sculpture of Dijon, it is naturally that Anatole Devosges also takes the artistic path by becoming a painter and draftsman. He became a professor and then director of the Dijon School of Fine Arts, where he made it a point of honor to support young Burgundian artists both through his teaching and financial aid. Many of his works are exhibited at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, to which he bequeathed them after his death. He was a historical figure in Dijon and his name was given to a street in the city.
Born in Dijon, Cécile Bart is a painter, visual artist and a major player in contemporary abstract art in France. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Dijon where she developed her original practice which led to her success: the use of Tergal canvases as "paintings/screens". These large translucent canvases with monochrome colors worked by the artist, are suspended, hung or placed on the wall, with the sole objective of playing with the perspective of the viewer making each experience unique. Cécile Bart's works have been presented in numerous exhibitions throughout France, including the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the MAC/VAL, the Musée National Marc Chagall and the Frac de Bourgogne in Dijon.
His surname is known worldwide and is often associated with the city of Paris, but it was in Dijon that Gustave Eiffel, a renowned French architect, was born. The Eiffel Tower, an emblematic monument of Paris but also of France, takes its name from its designer whose project to build a tower "more than a thousand feet high" was not always unanimously approved. Gustave Eiffel's audacity and inventiveness made it possible to build this tower, which was a technical achievement for its time and still amazes its spectators today. The Eiffel Tower is not the only emblematic monument on which Gustave Eiffel worked. On the other side of the Atlantic, in the United States, the Eiffel Company created the internal iron frame of the Statue of Liberty, the symbolic building of New York City.