In the footsteps of Gustave Flaubert for the bicentenary of his birth (Part 1)

Audio 29:00

Flaubert Museum in Rouen.

© Catherine Fruchon-Toussaint / RFI

By: Catherine Fruchon-Toussaint

33 mins

In this bicentenary which celebrates the birth of Gustave Flaubert, special program in Rouen with an interview with Yvan Leclerc, professor emeritus, in the birthplace of the author.

Then, report on the traces of his masterpiece "Madame Bovary" restored in life size in an exhibition entitled "Madame rêve en Bovary".


Gustave Flaubert album © NRF

The life and work of Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) with a very rich iconography in

the Pléiade collection


An album designed and written by

Yvan Leclerc

, specialist of the French writer and, in particular of his correspondence, director of the Flaubert Center of the CÉRÉdI laboratory (Center for studies and research to edit / interpret) and responsible for the Flaubert1 site, including a Annual Flaubert review and an information bulletin.

Exhibition poster © Museum of Norman traditions and arts Château de Martainville

“Madame rêve en Bovary”, an exhibition outside the walls organized by the

Martainville Museum

at the Maison Marrou in Rouen.

Visit with Sandra Prédine-Ballerie, Director of Culture and Heritage, Department of Seine-Maritime and Jean Oddes scenographer.

And sound discovery of the world of "Madame Bovary" with the




To read also:

Madame Bovary by Yves Saint Laurent © Gallimard

"It was during his adolescence in Oran that Yves Saint Laurent's passion for literature was born and began to transcribe and illustrate certain literary works, including Madame Bovary, whose character Emma seemed to fascinate him. In 1951, in At the age of 15, based on Flaubert's work, he created 14 illustrations in black ink, with slight gouache highlights, drawing the silhouette of a passionate heroine moving in a dream Normandy. Many years later, on the subject of his collections, Yves Saint Laurent evokes these figures of women whom he “ 

dresses up like an author would write a play

 for him,” to use Françoise Giroud's words. “ 

Often I also think of Madame Bovary. , he


This character is extremely contemporary.

Madame Bovary expresses the distress of women, which is the same today as it was a century ago.

 »Published in their entirety for the first time, these moving illustrations, from the collection of the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, are accompanied by the full text of Madame Bovary.

(Presentation of

Gallimard editions



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