Item Number: 144129
Title: From Poussin to David : French Drawings at the Albertina
Author: Ekelhart, Christine (ed)
Record created on 12/26/2016
Description: Munich: Hirmer, 2017. 29cm., hardcover, 176pp., 100 color illus. Exhibition held at Albertina, Vienna. English text.
Summary: From poetic love stories to mythological epics; from painterly portrait studies to picturesque ruins – the French worlds of the Baroque and the Rococo have lost nothing of their fascination. 70 exquisite major works from the wealth of French artworks at the Albertina seduce the public with the dazzling and multi-faceted cosmos of French drawing. By means of impressive examples the catalogue provides a varied insight into the diverse graphic means of expression during this age, in which France developed into the trend-setting nation in the field of art. The exhibition links together the most influential artists of the seventeenth century and the outstanding graphic artists of the eighteenth century. It shows not only Nicolas Poussin’s effective landscape studies but also Claude Lorrain’s light-filled portraits of nature. Virtuoso and elegant masterpieces by François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard are placed alongside the moralising genre scenes by Jean-Baptiste Greuze and an imposing creation by Jacques-Louis David.
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