Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the opening venue for the national tour of “Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris.” The exhibition opens on June 21, more than 140 French masterworks will be on view until September 2014.

The exhibition chronicles the history of one of Europe’s most celebrated and influential art academies, while showcasing a stunning array of French masterpieces. With works that span more than two centuries, the exhibition will provide visitors an intimate view of an institution that produced some of France’s most accomplished artists and left a profound impact on Western art.



Zenobia Discovered by Shepherds on the Banks of the Araxes, BAUDRY Paul, 1850

“The legacy of the École des Beaux-Arts cannot be understated,” said Oklahoma City Museum of Art President and CEO, E. Michael Whittington. “Until World War II, Paris was the center of the art world, and generations of American artists made their pilgrimage to study at the École. To have this great collection with its star-studded cast of artists now coming to the United States is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the people of Oklahoma.”

Born from the legendary Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture founded in 1648, the École des Beaux-Arts was a highly competitive, government-run school that rigorously trained artists to fulfill the needs of royal, state, and church patrons from the late 17th through the mid-19th centuries. Its impact on the visual culture of France, Europe, and the world is immeasurable. The more than 140 works by such renowned artists as François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Charles Le Brun, and Nicolas Poussin showcase the École’s demanding program and how the artists who studied there were transformed into masters.
 
“Gods and Heroes” will offer a rich, multilayered experience. On one level, it will illustrate how generations of artistic masters depicted the epic deeds of gods and heroes as they are enshrined in the words of the Bible, Homer, and other classical sources. On another level, it will explore, for the first time in the United States in more than 40 years, the dramatic impact of the École des Beaux-Arts’ curriculum on Western art.

With exceptional works crossing the breadth of more than two centuries, the exhibition will provide an immersive experience into the École and its program of demanding study. By examining the École’s curriculum, it will also deconstruct and challenge popular notions of artistic genius, revealing how artists were as much “made” as born, as they systematically learned how to construct a certain type of image.  


Torso, GARNIER Etienne-Barthélémy, French, 1788

This exhibition is organized by American Federation of Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.The project is generously supported by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, the JFM Foundation, the Donald and Maria Cox Trust, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s.

For more information please visit the OKCMOA website

Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch Drive Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

Masterpieces from Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris in Oklahoma

When
June 21 - September 14, 2014
Where
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the opening venue for the national tour of “Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris.” The exhibition opens on June 21, more than 140 French masterworks will be on view until September 2014.

The exhibition chronicles the history of one of Europe’s most celebrated and influential art academies, while showcasing a stunning array of French masterpieces. With works that span more than two centuries, the exhibition will provide visitors an intimate view of an institution that produced some of France’s most accomplished artists and left a profound impact on Western art.



Zenobia Discovered by Shepherds on the Banks of the Araxes, BAUDRY Paul, 1850

“The legacy of the École des Beaux-Arts cannot be understated,” said Oklahoma City Museum of Art President and CEO, E. Michael Whittington. “Until World War II, Paris was the center of the art world, and generations of American artists made their pilgrimage to study at the École. To have this great collection with its star-studded cast of artists now coming to the United States is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the people of Oklahoma.”

Born from the legendary Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture founded in 1648, the École des Beaux-Arts was a highly competitive, government-run school that rigorously trained artists to fulfill the needs of royal, state, and church patrons from the late 17th through the mid-19th centuries. Its impact on the visual culture of France, Europe, and the world is immeasurable. The more than 140 works by such renowned artists as François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Charles Le Brun, and Nicolas Poussin showcase the École’s demanding program and how the artists who studied there were transformed into masters.
 
“Gods and Heroes” will offer a rich, multilayered experience. On one level, it will illustrate how generations of artistic masters depicted the epic deeds of gods and heroes as they are enshrined in the words of the Bible, Homer, and other classical sources. On another level, it will explore, for the first time in the United States in more than 40 years, the dramatic impact of the École des Beaux-Arts’ curriculum on Western art.

With exceptional works crossing the breadth of more than two centuries, the exhibition will provide an immersive experience into the École and its program of demanding study. By examining the École’s curriculum, it will also deconstruct and challenge popular notions of artistic genius, revealing how artists were as much “made” as born, as they systematically learned how to construct a certain type of image.  


Torso, GARNIER Etienne-Barthélémy, French, 1788

This exhibition is organized by American Federation of Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.The project is generously supported by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, the JFM Foundation, the Donald and Maria Cox Trust, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s.

For more information please visit the OKCMOA website

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