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Tunnel des dessins

This exhibition gathers the recent acquisitions of the drawing room of Les Pêcheries.

On the occasion of the 19th Annual Salon du dessin in Paris, museums in France have organized related exhibitions, including the inaugural exhibition of the "tunnel des dessins" at the Musée des Pêcheries, which presents many works for the first time.

Quantitatively, the drawing room of the Musée des Pêcheries de Fécamp is one of the most modest of the Museums of France. But it still preserves works of great beauty, which until now has remained very confidential because they can not be exposed in good conditions of conservation. The aim of this "drawing tunnel" - in the words of Achim von Meier, architect/museographer who designed it - is to be able to exhibit these fragile works in rotation, protected from the direct glare of the daylight, under rigorously controlled artificial lighting, and thus to the admiration of the public.

The sixteenth century is beautifully represented in the collection of Fécamp, with 28 portraits of characters of the court of Valois. Also including the work of Pierre Dumonstier, the Portrait of King Charles IX child is the flagship; from the eighteenth century, the young woman sitting plaiting a wreath of flowers by Jacques-André Portail (1695-1759) is an exceptional intimate sheet particularly attractive and precious. But most of the are from the nineteenth century. Alongside the sketches by Delacroix, maritime or regional designs are, unsurprisingly, the most numerous, and the magnificent works of Pierre Prins (1838-1913), impressionist pastel artist, close friend of Édouard Manet, who stayed several times in Fécamp at the turn of the century.

In 2011, the descendants of Édouard Renaud, a railway engineer born in Fécamp in 1873, offered the Musée de Fécamp 53 watercolors that their grandfather made during the First World War when he was mobilized as a officer in charge of the construction of the railways while serving on the front. The donation of these watercolors of war, which illustrate the daily life of the soldiers, was completed in 2016 with a new donation of 60 additional sheets. They will form the subject of the second exhibition of the "tunnel of drawings" presented from November 11, 2018 on the occasion of the centenary of the Armistice.


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