May 21 - August 20, 2017
National Gallery of Art - West Building

When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brought with him his exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French paintings. Put on public view, the works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born. Over the decades, appreciation of French eighteenth-century art has fluctuated between preference for the alluring decorative canvases of rococo artists such as François Boucher and Jean Honoré Fragonard to admiration for the sober neoclassicism championed by Jacques Louis David and his pupils. This exhibition brings together sixty-eight paintings that represent some of the best and most unusual examples of French art of that era held by American museums and tells their stories on a national stage.

The exhibition highlights smaller museum collections, less well-known paintings, and diverse locations across the United States, from Pittsburgh and Indianapolis to Birmingham and Phoenix.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

National Gallery of Art - West Building 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting at the National Gallery of Art

When
May 21 - August 20, 2017
Where
National Gallery of Art - West Building
6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
François Hubert Drouais, French, 1727 - 1775, "Les Portraits de MM. de Béthune jouant avec un chien (Children of the Marquis de Béthune Playing with a Dog",) 1761, oil on canvas, unframed: 97.2 × 130.2 cm (38 1/4 × 51 1/4 in.), framed: 127 × 243.84 × 12.07 cm (50 × 96 × 4 3/4 in.). Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection.

May 21 - August 20, 2017
National Gallery of Art - West Building

When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brought with him his exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French paintings. Put on public view, the works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born. Over the decades, appreciation of French eighteenth-century art has fluctuated between preference for the alluring decorative canvases of rococo artists such as François Boucher and Jean Honoré Fragonard to admiration for the sober neoclassicism championed by Jacques Louis David and his pupils. This exhibition brings together sixty-eight paintings that represent some of the best and most unusual examples of French art of that era held by American museums and tells their stories on a national stage.

The exhibition highlights smaller museum collections, less well-known paintings, and diverse locations across the United States, from Pittsburgh and Indianapolis to Birmingham and Phoenix.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

 

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