Jean Baptiste Hugo Photographs in the Lobby

Jean Baptiste Hugo
Lobby at Roger Smith Hotel
February 13- May 20, 2018

The Roger Smith is delighted to present photographs by Jean Baptiste Hugo in the Lobby at Roger Smith Hotel.

“ Les Natures Vives” is a collection of photographs inspired by the Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th Century. The intent of those works was to remind the newly-enriched merchants of the transience of life, and to incite them to return to less materialistic values. Jean Baptiste’s goal with his Still Lives is a simple veneration of nature, a tribute to its beauty.

With his photographs of the extraordinary Hauteville House in Guernsey, Channel Islands – the house of exile of Victor Hugo – Jean Baptiste has recorded his great-great-grandfather’s love for architecture, decoration and crafts and his prodigious ability in using eclectic materials to serve his vision. The property was given to the City of Paris in 1927 and remains almost exactly as Victor Hugo left it. These photographs have been compiled into a book “Hauteville House, Victor Hugo –  decorator.”

Jean Baptiste Hugo was born into a family of artists and writers whose figurehead for generations has been the revered Victor Hugo. After studying at Montpellier and Marseille art schools, Jean Baptiste worked in publishing while pursuing a career that combined both photography and painting. His spiritual interests took him to India and he subsequently studied advanced yogic disciplines in both Europe and the USA. A preoccupation with mysticism infuses all his work. When not working on his own creations, Jean Baptiste is also deeply involved in the restoration, preservation and promotion of the family’s cultural heritage. He recently started exhibiting in Europe and this is his first US show.

Jean Baptiste now divides his time between London and the South of France where he is setting up an artists’ and writers’ residence in the Hugo family home.

The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 30 years the owners and employees have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues.

For further information contact DanikaDruttman ph. (212) 339-2092 or email

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