7 August 2018

Romain Rolland in Clamecy, Nièvre (58)

The Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Romain Rolland is in Clamecy.

And this plaque.

A room in the musée is dedicated to Romain Rolland.

An old photo shows, from left to right, Rolland's grandfather Edme Courot's house, Rolland's birthplace, and the former Hôtel de Bellegarde. In 1990 Clamecy acquired Edme Courot's house and his birthplace – the house in which Romain's solicitor father Émile lived with his wife Marie; the Romain Rolland room occupies the original second floor of Edme Courot's house.

Romain Rolland's daughter Marie Romain Rolland donated these items of furniture from Romain's parents and grandparents.

A display of a children's edition of Rolland's major set of novels, the roman-fleuve Jean-Christophe, which ran to ten volumes from 1904 to 1910.

This sketch doesn't even come from the museum, but from an information plaque near Claude Tillier's statue.  Rolland's most famous character Colas Breugnon doesn't even need an introduction to French people.


The novel Colas Breugnon was published in 1919, and is about a ficticious master carpenter from Clemecy in the seventeenth century. Rolland based the short novel on historical researches he made.


The property here comes from Romain Rolland's period in Villeneuve, Switzerland, and they are donations from Marie Romain Rolland. The photo is of Rolland with Gandhi.

Bust by Carlos Velasquez-Espino (1965).

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