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A French Affair: Drawings and Paintings from the Horvitz Collection

History, mythology, poetry, and portraiture provided a vast range of subject matter for French artists of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Drawn from the peerless holdings of The Horvitz Collection—one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of early modern French art—this exhibition features paintings and drawings in all these genres by such celebrated artists as Charles Le Brun, Nicolas de Largillière, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Baptiste Oudry and Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy Trioson. The impressive selection of over 50 drawings, some exhibited with related prints, focuses on a particular category—designs for book illustration—thereby highlighting not only the creative inventiveness of the artists who formulated lavish visual imagery from the written word, but also the rich literary traditions of France and the vibrant book publishing industry they spawned.

The opening reception is Thursday, January 24th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a discussion between curator Alvin L. Clark Jr. and Jeffrey Horvitz. On Wednesday, March 6th at 5:00 p.m., Elizabeth Rudy, who co-authored the accompanying catalogue, will give a lecture on the exhibition.


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