Under Lock and Key: Francis Lagrange's Devil's Island Paintings


If convicted of art forgery and currency counterfeiting, what would one do to keep himself busy? Paint, of course. Francis Lagrange spent 24 years holed up on "Devil's Island," the tiny island penal colony off the coast of French Guiana. Emperor Napoleon III opened it and the French shuttled their exiled prisoners there from 1852 to 1946. This incredible collection of Lagrange's paintings depicting life on the island hang in the permanent collection of the University of Missouri's Museum of Art and Archaeology.