Archives of American Art

James Jones

Jean-Louis Barrault


Special Collections & Archives
Fenwick Library
George Mason University
Fairfax Virginia


Over 400 black-and-white theatre photographs of Jean-Louis Barrault were donated by the artist in December 2007 to the Special Collections & Archives of the Fenwick Library of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Selected and acquired by the artist in Paris in 1980, the photographs are of actual stage productions, theatre events and interior views of the company's successive theatres from 1979 reaching back to 1947 when, with Madeleine Renaud, the Renaud-Barrault Company was founded. All photographs are annotated with the name of the production, dates, actors, etc. Appearing in rehearsal photographs are the following writers, among others: André Gide, Paul Claudel, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus, Eugène Ionesco, and Jean Genet. Stills include productions of plays by Edward Albee, Jean Genet, as well as Shakespeare, Molière and many others.