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New Book | Tin-Glazed Earthenware

Posted in books by Editor on July 25, 2017

Distributed by The University of Chicago Press:

Ulla Houkjær, Tin-Glazed Earthenware from the Netherlands, France, and Germany, 1600–1800 (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2017), 415 pages, ISBN: 978 8763545 655, $75.

Designmuseum Denmark is home to a large collection of ceramic works that is quite unique in terms of size and width of representation, since the collection covers all known techniques within the main groups of earthenware, stoneware, tin-glazed earthenware, and porcelain as well as new hybrid materials and techniques. This catalogue covers an extremely important period in the history of European glazed ceramic ware from c. 1600 to 1800 when the technique enjoyed the widest distribution. Ulla Houkjaer focuses on three central areas: the Netherlands, France, and Germany. This comprehensive and highly illustrated introduction to the history of tin-glazed earthenware in these three countries offers an overview of the history of important developments within the field during the period and highlights important changes in aesthetics and usage.

Ulla Houkjær is curator at Designmuseum Denmark. She is the author of Tim-Glazed Earthenware, 1300–1750: Spain, Italy, France.

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Exhibition on Screen | Canaletto & the Art of Venice

Posted in exhibitions, films by Editor on July 24, 2017

As noted at Art Daily (23 July 2017) . . .

Exhibition on Screen open its fifth season with Canaletto & the Art of Venice, an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter.

No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto. Despite Canaletto’s close relationship with the city in which he lived and died, the world’s largest collection of his works resides not in Italy, but in Britain as part of the Royal Collection. In 1762, George III purchased almost the entire collection amassed by Joseph Smith, British Consul in Venice and Canaletto’s principal agent.

Exhibition on Screen’s latest release will grant unique access to the Royal Collection’s exceptional holdings of Canaletto’s work, much of which is on display as part of the exhibition Canaletto & the Art of Venice at The Queen’s Gallery in London (19 May — 12 November 2017). The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings, and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences—Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle—to learn more about the artist and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

From London, Canaletto & the Art of Venice travels to the great Italian city to explore the origins of Canaletto’s art. Whilst appearing to be faithful representations of the city, Canaletto’s skill came from his manipulation of reality. He moved buildings around or opened up vistas to create the perfect composition, and his paintings of Venice were highly sought after by Grand Tourists. His playful imagination extended into a new genre in which he excelled. The capriccio combined real and fantasy architecture into imagined views. In this sense, Canaletto is more than a topographical artist—he is a master storyteller.

Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st-century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th-century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views—from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.

Earlier films from Exhibition on Screen are now available for purchase here»

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New Book | Malleable Anatomies

Posted in books by Editor on July 24, 2017

From OUP:

Lucia Dacome, Malleable Anatomies: Models, Makers, and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Italy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 320 pages, ISBN: 978 01987 36189, $99.

Malleable Anatomies offers an account of the early stages of the practice of anatomical modeling in mid-eighteenth-century Italy. It investigates the ‘mania’ for anatomical displays that swept the Italian peninsula and traces the fashioning of anatomical models as important social, cultural, and political as well as medical tools. Over the course of the eighteenth century, anatomical specimens offered particularly accurate insights into the inner body. Being colored, soft, malleable, and often life-size, they promised to foster anatomical knowledge for different audiences in a delightful way. But how did anatomical models and preparations inscribe and mediate bodily knowledge? How did they change the way in which anatomical knowledge was created and communicated? And how did they affect the lives of those involved in their production, display, viewing, and handling?

Examining the circumstances surrounding the creation and early viewing of anatomical displays in Bologna and Naples, Malleable Anatomies addresses these questions by reconstructing how anatomical modeling developed at the intersection of medical discourse, religious ritual, antiquarian and artistic cultures, and Grand Tour display. While doing so, it investigates the development of anatomical modeling in the context of the diverse worlds of visual and material practices that characterized the representation and display of the body in mid-eighteenth-century Italy. Drawing attention to the artisanal dimension of anatomical practice and to the role of women as both makers and users of anatomical models, it considers how anatomical specimens lay at the center of a composite world of social interactions, which led to the fashioning of modelers as anatomical celebrities. Moreover, it examines how anatomical displays transformed the proverbially gruesome practice of anatomy into an enthralling experience that engaged audiences’ senses.

Lucia Dacome is an associate professor and Pauline M.H. Mazumdar Chair in the History of Medicine at the IHPST, University of Toronto. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, the UCLA Centre for seventeenth- and eighteenth-century studies in Los Angeles, and a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship supported by the European Commission at the Centre Alexandre Koyre/CNRS in Paris. Her research focuses on themes at the intersection of the history of medicine, the history of the body, the history of visual and material cultures of medicine, gender history, the history of the self, and that of medical practices and exchanges in the Mediterranean world.

C O N T E N T S

Acknowledgments
List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Abbreviation

Introduction
1  Prospero’s Tools
2  Artificer and Connoisseur
3  Anatomy, Embroidery, and the Fabric of Celebrity
4  Women, Wax, and Anatomy
5  Blindfolding the Midwives
6  Transferring Values
7  Injecting Knowledge
Epilogue: Becoming Obsolete

Selected Bibliography
Index

Conference | Beyond Reproductive Printmaking

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on July 24, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Beyond Reproductive Printmaking: Prints and the Canon of European Painting, ca. 1500–1810
Diesseits und jenseits von Reproduktion: Druckgrafik und der Kanon der europäischen Malerei
Dresden, 18–19 September 2017

Registration due by 8 September 2017

Eine kooperative Veranstaltung des Kupferstich-Kabinetts der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden und des Institutes für Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft der TU Dresden (Lehrstuhl für Mittlere und Neuere Kunstgeschichte) / joint conference of the Cabinet of Prints, Drawings and Photographs of the Dresden State Art Collections and the Institute of Art and Music of the Technical University Dresden

Venues
Studiensaal des Kupferstich-Kabinetts und Hans-Nadler-Saal im Residenzschloss, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister im Zwinger / Print room of the Cabinet of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Hans-Nadler-Saal and Old Masters Picture Gallery, Dresden

Organization Team
Susanne Magister, M.A.
Sabine Peinelt-Schmidt, M.A.

Contact
beyond-reproduction-2017@gmx.de

For the lectures on 19th September we kindly ask for registration via email no later than 8th September 2017. We would like to invite all interested guests to the public evening lecture of Dr. Rudolf Rieger in the print room of the Cabinet of Prints, Drawings and Photographs on 18th September 2017 at 6.30pm.

M O N D A Y ,  1 8  S E P T E M B E R  2 0 1 7

18:30 Öffentlicher Abendvortrag im Studiensaal des Kupferstich-Kabinetts
• Rudolf Rieger (Bonn), Adam von Bartsch (1757–1821) als Graphiker: Die Reproduktion von Handzeichnungen alter Meister zwischen Faksimileanspruch, normativen Rezeptionsvorgaben und künstlerischer Interpretation

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9:30  Registration

10.00  Section I | Collecting Interpretative Prints: Now and Then
Moderated by Jürgen Müller (Dresden)
• Gudula Metze (Dresden), Königliches Kunst-Kompetenzzentrum. Das Dresdener Kupferstich-Kabinett als Kunstsammlung, Wissensspeicher und Forschungsstelle im 18. Jahrhundert
• Rieke van Leeuwen (Den Haag), Reproductive Prints in the Collection of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (RKD)

11.25  Section II | Translation and Technique
Moderated by Stephanie Buck
• Rena M. Hoisington (Baltimore), Étienne Fessard’s Prints of the Chapel of the Hôpital des Enfants Trouvés in Paris, 1751–59
• Caroline O. Fowler (New Haven), Defacing Raphael in the Eighteenth Century

12:30  Lunch

14.00  Section III | Mobile Motifs and Changes of Meaning
Moderated by Susanne Magister (Dresden)
• Ralf Bormann (Frankfurt a.M.), Das Nachleben reproduzierter dionysischer Sarkophagmotive im Kunstbetrieb der Académie Royale
• Christine Moisan-Jablonski (Warsaw), Geographical Metamorphoses: The influence of a composition attributed to Justus van Egmont and that of the “Elements” cycle, engraved by Jeremias Falck, on print series produced by German publishing houses
• Aude-Line Schamschula (Heidelberg), Der Herkules-Zyklus von Frans Floris. Druckgrafik als Medium der Rezeption

15.50  Section IV | Interpretative Prints as Sources for the History of Reception
Moderated by Sabine Peinelt-Schmidt (Dresden)
• Uta Neidhardt (Dresden), Gillis van Coninxloo – ein Meister des Spätwerks? Die Bedeutung grafischer Reproduktionen für die Rekonstruktion und Rezeption des Schaffens eines Hauptmeisters der flämischen Landschaftskunst
• Marina Daiman (New York), ‘Diverse opere grandi le quale vanno in stampa’: Rubens’s Fame, Theft, and the Business of Prints
• Alice Ottazzi (Torino / Paris), The Role of Mezzotint in Shaping International Reputations: An Aspect of the Reception of the English School in France

M O N D A Y ,  1 8  S E P T E M B E R  2 0 1 7

The following lectures of the first day of the conference are reserved for the speakers due to space limitations of the print room.

11:00  Registration

11:45  Welcome by Stephanie Buck, Jürgen Müller, Susanne Magister, and Sabine Peinelt-Schmidt

12:30  Jaqueline Klusik-Eckert (Erlangen), Stichkopien: Phänomen der Rezeption oder Hinweis auf einen Paragone?

12:50  Christien Melzer (Bremen), Im Zeichen der Lilie. Französische Druckgraphik zur Zeit Ludwigs XIV.

13:10  Evelyn Wöldicke (Berlin), Gemäldereproduktionen im Clairobscur-Holzschnitt? John Baptist Jackson und die Geschichte eines gescheiterten Versuchs

13:30  Zalina V. Tetermazova (Moskow), Colour Prints by Gabriel Scorodoomoff (1754–1792): Between Painting and Graphic Arts

13:50  Giorgio Marini (Firenze), Giuseppe Longhi’s La Calcografia: Theory and Techniques of Neoclassical Reproductive Printmaking

14:45  Pause and Change of Location
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, im Zwinger, Dresden

15:45  Martin Schuster (Dresden), Moderation and Introduction
Visit to the Old Masters Picture Gallery with presentation of preparatory drawings and prints from the Recueil d’Estampes d’après les plus célèbres Tableaux de la Galerie Royale de Dresde

New Book | Cottages Ornés

Posted in books by Editor on July 20, 2017

From Yale UP:

Roger White, Cottages Ornés: The Charms of the Simple Life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017), 272 pages, ISBN: 978 03002 26775, $50.

Tracing the history of cottages ornés (ornamental cottages), this copiously illustrated volume offers an engaging survey of an often-overlooked architectural genre. An invention of mid-18th-century England, these cottages were designed to facilitate a more informal way of living and were built in different guises that range from royal and imperial cottages to the working-class lodges that still dot the English countryside. Analyzing cottage designs by some of the leading architects of late-Georgian England—including Robert Adam, John Soane, and John Nash—Roger White explores the aesthetic values that made the form so appealing. As he follows the development of cottages ornés from the Celtic fringes to the Continent and the British colonies, White reveals the significant impact of the genre on social, cultural, and political history and examines the influence of cottage design on the architectural developments of the Victorian period and even the 20th century.

Roger White is an architectural historian specializing in the Georgian period.

Call for Papers | Seminars on Collecting and Display

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on July 19, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Collecting and Display Seminar Group
Institute of Historical Research, London, 15 October 2017 — 17 June 2018

Proposals due by 8 September 2016

The conveners of the Seminar for Collecting and Display, London, invite applications for papers for their monthly seminars at the Institute of Historical Research between October 2017 and June 2018. The Seminar provides a forum for academics to present new research on any topic related to collecting in its widest understanding, both chronologically and in terms of subject matter. We also welcome papers that look at collecting from different perspectives, given by sociologists, cultural historians, or art historians. Seminar papers are normally 45 minutes in length followed by an extended discussion. We are unable to cover travel costs but may be able to help with accommodation and expenses. Applicants should send an abstract of approximately 300 words together with a short CV to schbracken@btopenworld.com by 8 September 2017. We will then reply to organise the date with the successful candidates.

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Acquires Paret’s ‘View of Bermeo’

Posted in museums by Editor on July 18, 2017

Luis Paret y Alcázar, View of Bermeo, 1783
(Bilbao: El Museo de Bellas Artes)

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The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum presents View of Bermeo of 1783 by Luis Paret y Alcázar (1746–1799), acquired from the heirs of José Luis Várez Fisa. The painting has been obtained with an interest-free loan thanks to the sponsorship of BBK, to be repaid over the following years with the contribution from the Friends of the Museum.

In addition to its undoubted artistic value, View of Bermeo of 1783 is of enormous historical interest given that it is considered the first work in a series of paintings depicting the ports of Cantabria and is the first view of the Basque Country painted by this artist from Madrid. Born in the same year as Goya, Paret led a storied life, resulting in his banishment, first to Puerto Rico and then to Bilbao, which prevented him from maintaining his prominent position at Court, a fact that to some extent favoured Goya’s professional success. At that point the Basque Country had almost no artistic tradition, for which reason the presence of a painter of Paret’s importance can be considered a remarkable artistic event and one that was decisive for its artistic and cultural evolution.

View of Bermeo is one of the most outstanding works of 18th-century Spanish painting and can be considered the first surviving modern and purely artistic image of a location in the Basque Country. This oil, which is in excellent condition despite its delicate copper support, perfectly combines a carefully devised composition and setting with an exquisite, detailed finish. Paret presented the scene as a social encounter in which he dignified local people and customs, offering an unprecedented visual record in the context of the Basque Country. The panel was painted in 1783 for the future Charles IV, son of Charles III and at that date Prince of Asturias, possibly with the aim of facilitating the end of Paret’s banishment which was imposed on him in 1775 due to his involvement in the dissolute life of the Infante don Luis, younger brother of Charles III. Paret’s imposed exile was finally repealed in 1785. The artist conceived the work as a pair to another view of Bermeo (present whereabouts unknown) in which he depicted the port during a squall.

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum has thus increased its holdings of the work of Luis Paret y Alcázar, and its collection now includes View of El Arenal in Bilbao, 1783–84; Scene of Villagers (fragment), 1786; View of Fuenterrabía (fragment), 1786; The Triumph of Love over War, 1784; The Virgin with the Christ Child and Saint James the Greater, 1786; The Holy Shepherd, 1782; and the recently acquired View of Bermeo, 1783.

More information about the painting and the artist are available here»

New Book | A World Trimmed with Fur

Posted in books by Editor on July 17, 2017

From Stanford UP:

Jonathan Schlesinger, A World Trimmed with Fur: Wild Things, Pristine Places, and the Natural Fringes of Qing Rule (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017), 288 pages, ISBN: 978 080479 9966, $65.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, booming demand for natural resources transformed China and its frontiers. Historians of China have described this process in stark terms: pristine borderlands became breadbaskets. Yet Manchu and Mongolian archives reveal a different story. Well before homesteaders arrived, wild objects from the far north became part of elite fashion, and unprecedented consumption had exhausted the region’s most precious resources.

In A World Trimmed with Fur, Jonathan Schlesinger uses these diverse archives to reveal how Qing rule witnessed not the destruction of unspoiled environments, but their invention. Qing frontiers were never pristine in the nineteenth century—pearlers had stripped riverbeds of mussels, mushroom pickers had uprooted the steppe, and fur-bearing animals had disappeared from the forest. In response, the court turned to ‘purification’; it registered and arrested poachers, reformed territorial rule, and redefined the boundary between the pristine and the corrupted. Schlesinger’s resulting analysis provides a framework for rethinking the global invention of nature.

Jonathan Schlesinger is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University.

C O N T E N T S

Introduction
1  The View from Beijing
2  Pearl Thieves and Perfect Order
3  The Mushroom Crisis
4  The Nature in the Land of Fur
Conclusion

 

Exhibition | Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on July 16, 2017

Jean Honoré Fragonard, Sketches of Portraits, ca. 1769, drawing, 23 × 35 cm
(Private Collection, Paris)

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From the press release (11 July 2017) for the exhibition:

Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 8 October — 3 December 2017

Curated by Yuriko Jackall

Combining art, fashion, science, and conservation, the revelatory exhibition Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures brings together—for the first time—a newly discovered drawing by Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) and some 14 of his paintings that have been identified with it including the Gallery’s own Young Girl Reading (c. 1769). Fragonard is considered among the most characteristic and important French painters of his era, and this series casts light on the development of his career, the identity of his sitters and patrons, and the significance of his innovative imagery. Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures and the fully illustrated catalog that accompanies it not only present new art-historical and scientific research into this series but also examine the 18th-century Parisian world in which these paintings were created. The exhibition may be seen only at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in the West Building, from October 8 through December 3, 2017.

Jean Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading, ca. 1769, oil on canvas, framed: 104.9 × 89.5 cm (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of Mrs. Mellon Bruce in memory of her father, Andrew W. Mellon).

Covered with 18 thumbnail-sized sketches and apparently annotated in the rococo artist’s own hand, the drawing now known as Sketches of Portraits emerged at a Paris auction in 2012 and upended several long-held assumptions about the fantasy figures—a series of rapidly executed, brightly colored paintings of lavishly costumed individuals.

“The first exhibition to unite the fantasy figures with the recently discovered drawing focuses on this aspect of Fragonard’s production in a powerful and intimate way,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. “We are grateful to the public and private collections, both here and abroad, that have generously lent to this exhibition, as well as to Lionel and Ariane Sauvage whose gift supported the catalog’s publication.”

Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures explores the many interpretations of this series in the context of the artist’s career. Fragonard strove to create a specific portrait type that showcased the painterly skill for which he was renowned. The fantasy figures also enabled him to experiment and to refine his ideas of artistic reference and emulation. Created within the competitive atmosphere of the Parisian art world, these works were influenced by a range of events, artworks, and visitors to his studio.

The fantasy figures depict men and women posed at leisure or employed in various pursuits, such as acting, reading, writing, playing instruments, or singing. Wearing extravagant attire, these figures are dressed in what was known in 18th-century France as à l’espagnole (Spanish style)—plumed hats, slashed sleeves, ribbons, rosettes, ruffs, capes, and accents of red and black. Shaped by artistic imagination, these paintings pushed the boundaries of accepted figure painting at the time.

Jean Honoré Fragonard, The Writer, ca. 1769, oil on canvas, framed: 115 x 91 cm (Paris: Musée du Louvre, Département des Peintures).

Exhibited for the first time is the newly discovered Sketches of Portraits (c. 1769), a thin sheet of paper with three rows of 18 small sketches—all but one are annotated with a name, 14 have been identified with one of Fragonard’s painted fantasy figures, and four remain unknown. The emergence of Sketches of Portraits prompted a two-year investigation of Young Girl Reading, conducted as a collaborative effort by the Gallery’s Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator of French paintings, John K. Delaney, senior imaging scientist, and Michael Swicklik, senior conservator of paintings. Published in the April 2015 issue of The Burlington Magazine, the findings established Young Girl Reading as a part of the fantasy figure series and shed light upon Fragonard’s approach to the ensemble as a whole.

Other works in the exhibition include the rarely lent, privately held portraits of the Harcourt brothers François-Henri, duc d’Harcourt (c. 1770) and Anne-François d’Harcourt, duc de Beuvron (c. 1770)—which are on view together for the first time since the 1987 exhibition Fragonard at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée du Louvre—as well as The Vestal (c. 1769–71), The Actor (c. 1769), and The Singer (c. 1769). Also on view is the Louvre’s M. de La Bretèche (c. 1769), which depicts the wealthy brother of one of Fragonard’s most devoted patrons, Jean-Claude Richard, abbé de Saint-Non.

The exhibition is curated by Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator, department of French paintings, National Gallery of Art.

Yuriko Jackall ed., with essays by Carole Blumenfeld, Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Jean-Pierre Cuzin, John Delaney, Elodie Kong, Satish Padiyar, and Michael Swicklik, Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures (London: Lund Humphries, 2017), 160 pages, ISBN: 978 184822 2489, £40 / $50.

The fully illustrated catalog includes an overview and technical examination by Yuriko Jackall with John K. Delaney and Michael Swicklik, all at the National Gallery of Art, and essays by Carole Blumenfeld, research associate at the Palais Fesch-Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Ajaccio; Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, fashion historian; Jean-Pierre Cuzin, former director of the department of paintings at the Musée du Louvre, Paris; Elodie Kong, an art historian specializing in the collecting habits of financiers in 18th-century Paris; and Satish Padiyar, senior lecturer in 19th-century European art at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

P R O G R A M M I N G

Lecture and Book Signing
An Introduction to the Exhibition—Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures
October 8, 2:00pm
East Building Auditorium
Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator, department of French paintings, National Gallery of Art

Lecture
Fashion à la Figaro: Spanish Style on the French Stage
November 26, 2:00pm
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, fashion historian

Concert
New York Opera Society
November 26, 3:30pm
West Building, East Garden Court
New York Opera Society performs The Three Lives of Rosina Almaviva

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Exhibition | Alexandre-Eìvariste Fragonard

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on July 16, 2017

Now on view in Grasse:

Alexandre-Eìvariste Fragonard: Une Collection Grassoise
Villa-Musée Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Grasse, 1 July — 1 October 2017

Curated by Rebecca Duffeix with Côme Fabre

Né à Grasse le 26 octobre 1780 et mort le 11 novembre 1850 à Paris, Alexandre Evariste Fragonard est le fils de Jean-Honoré. Considéré comme un enfant prodige, il expose au Salon à Paris dès 13 ans et est placé par son père dans l’atelier de David. Ses deux influences, néoclassique avec David et celle de la peinture amande et hollandaise qui lui vient de son père, vont être présentes dans ses œuvres tout au long de sa longue et proli que carrière de peintre, de sculpteur et de décorateur.
Artiste of ciel très actif, il accepte de nombreuses commandes pour la manufacture de Sèvres et participe à plusieurs réalisations pour l’État sous l’Empire et la Restauration. Rattaché au courant Troubadour, son style demeure tout de même très enlevé et tumultueux. Il va également travailler dans le domaine de la gravure et participer notamment à l’édition des Voyages pittoresques et romantiques dans l’ancienne France du baron Taylor.

Injustement oublié aujourd’hui, Alexandre Eivariste Fragonard et son œuvre méritent largement d’être remis en lumière. Cette exposition estivale, du 1er juillet au 1er octobre 2017, a l’ambition de faire découvrir plus largement sa carrière à travers ses dessins et ses tableaux conservés dans notre collection grassoise.

Depuis la création des musées de Grasse dans les années 20 et l’ouverture de la Villa-musée Jean- Honoré Fragonard en 1977, les collections n’ont cessé de s’enrichir de dessins et de peintures de cet artiste pour constituer aujourd’hui une des collections publiques les plus importantes en France qui lui soit consacrée. Nous aurons ainsi le plaisir de présenter plusieurs dessins inédits, notamment des feuilles préparatoires à ses plafonds peints du Louvre, toujours en place, commande prestigieuse sous la Restauration pour le musée Charles X.

Le commissariat de l’exposition est assuré par Rebecca Duffeix, Docteur en Histoire de l’art et spécialiste de l’artiste, et nous avons eu l’honneur de béné cier également de la contribution de Côme Fabre, conservateur des peintures au Musée du Louvre.

The press release is available here»

The catalogue is available from ArtBooks.com:

Rebecca Duffeix and Olivier Quiquempois, Alexandre-Eìvariste Fragonard: Une Collection Grassoise (Milan: Silvana, 2017) 48 pages, ISBN: 978  88366  36303, $23.

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