Exhibition | Pastels at the Louvre

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on July 1, 2018

Now on view at the Louvre:

Pastels in the Musée du Louvre: The 17th and 18th Centuries
Musée du Louvre, Paris, 7 June — 10 September 2018

Curated by Xavier Salmon

The Louvre holds an unrivaled collection of European pastels from the 17th and 18th centuries. Mostly dating from the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, these extremely fragile works, created with a colored powder that has often been compared to that of a butterfly’s wings, introduce us to Enlightenment society and illustrate the genius of its most celebrated artists: Rosalba Carriera, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, Jean Étienne Liotard, Jean-Marc Nattier, and Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, together with lesser known artists such as Marie-Suzanne Giroust, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Joseph Boze, and Joseph Ducreux.

These pastels illustrate the genius of the artists who produced them as artworks in their own right rather than preparatory studies enhanced with color. Many of them still have their original frame, and sometimes their original glass.

Thanks to the support of American Friends of the Louvre and Joan and Mike Kahn, the more than 150 works in the collection were systematically conserved and remounted to protect them from dust—a long-term project which provided an opportunity for new research on the collection. The results are included in a comprehensive annotated inventory, published in French and English with the support of the Joan Kahn Family Trust.

The exhibition takes a new look at masterpieces such as Maurice Quentin de La Tour’s Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour and features new acquisitions such as Simon Bernard Lenoir’s portrait of the actor Lekain. It is also an opportunity to compare these works by French artists with others by eminent international pastel artists such as Rosalba Carriera in Venice, Jean-Étienne Liotard in Geneva, and John Russell in London.

The exhibition is curated by Xavier Salmon, director of the Départment des Arts Graphiques and general heritage curator at the Musée du Louvre.

The catalogue, in French and English editions, is published by Hazan and distributed by Yale UP:

Xavier Salmon, Pastels du musée du Louvre, XVIIe XVIIIe siècle (Paris: Hazan, 2018), 384 pages, ISBN: 978-2754114547 (French) / ISBN: 978-0300238631 (English), €59 / $75.

Call for Papers | Painting Childhood

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on July 1, 2018

From H-ArtHist:

Painting Childhood
Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park, 29 March 2019

Proposals due by 29 October 2018

Children have long fascinated artists and have been captured in images ranging from formal portraits to humorous genre scenes and intensely personal family sketches. These diverse works will be the subject of two exhibitions at Compton Verney from 16 March until 16 June 2019. Painting Childhood: Hans Holbein to Lucian Freud will present a survey of some of the most iconic paintings of children produced over the past 500 years, with sections devoted to the royal portrait, play and learning, and the fantasy and reality of children’s lives. Childhood Now will explore contemporary representations of children in the work of the painters Chantal Joffe, Matthew Krishanu, and Mark Fairnington.

To coincide with these exhibitions we invite proposals for an interdisciplinary study day on the subject of childhood from 1500 to today. The study day will enable us to interrogate the key themes and issues of the exhibitions in more detail, contributing to the field of childhood studies through fruitful cross-disciplinary discussions. Painting Childhood will include select examples of children’s costumes, toys, and schoolbooks. As such we welcome contributions from speakers with a range of disciplinary backgrounds and research perspectives (History, Literature, Sociology, Anthropology, and History of Art). To facilitate meaningful debate papers will be grouped thematically and may address, but are not limited to, the following topics: Intimacy and family ties; dynasty, duty and privilege; play, fantasy and children’s worlds; the material culture of childhood; the appropriation and commercialisation of childhood; memories and memorials; childhood today and the future of childhood.

Keynote speaker: Dr Martin Postle

Please send a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper to art@comptonverney.org.uk by Monday 29 October 2018. We welcome applications from emerging and established scholars. Please include a short professional biography. Travel bursaries will be available for speakers covering reasonable expenses incurred within the UK.

Organising committee: Amy Orrock (Compton Verney), Emily Knight (V&A), and Penelope Sexton (Compton Verney)

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