Frick Art & Historical Center to Present Storied Past: French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art

The Frick Art & Historical Center will present Storied Past: French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art, on view from February 5, 2011 to April 17, 2011. This exhibition presents about 70 drawings made between 1500 and 1900 chronicling the full range of artistic uses of the medium, from quick sketches to finished compositional studies, to drawing as an end in itself.

Austin’s Blanton Museum organized the exhibition from their permanent collection, which was supplemented more than a decade ago by a large gift of drawings. Until this exhibition, the French drawings from this gift had not received systematic academic study, nor had most of them been published.

Especially rich in 17th-and 18th-century drawings, the exhibition illustrates the rise to dominance of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture as one of the most dominant cultural and political institutions in Europe and features works by Jacques Callot (1592–1635), Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), François Boucher (1703–1770), Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806), François-Marius Granet (1777–1849), Théodore Rousseau (1812–1867), Jean Forain (1852–1931), Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859–1923), and others.

Organized by The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

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