Exhibit preview: Museum of Art's latest celebrates life and work of Columbus artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon

Jesse Tigges, Columbus Alive

In 1964, the Columbus Museum of Art held an exhibition featuring the paintings of Paul-Henri Bourguignon. The upcoming, expansive exhibition celebrates the life of the artist, writer and photographer.

Bourguignon was born in Belgium, but made his home in Columbus after meeting his future wife, Erika, in Haiti. After she joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1950, Bourguignon moved to Columbus and produced some of his most prevailing works here.

Bourguignon's paintings include a wide array of subject matter and styles, beginning with tranquil landscapes highlighting many of the places he traveled. In the 1960s and '70s, he transitioned to powerful portraits, and embraced abstraction late in his career.

A member's-only opening reception is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and a discussion (open to the public) led by Erika Bourguignon and chief curator Dominique H. Vasseur is 2 p.m. Oct. 29.

Columbus Museum of Art

Oct. 17-Jan. 18

480 E. Broad St., Downtown