Watteau and his world: French Drawings from 1700 to 1750 opens at the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada - January 28, 2000
« Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada inaugure Watteau et son monde. Le dessin français de 1700 à 1750 »
The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to host the exclusive Canadian presentation of Watteau and His World: French Drawings from 1700 to 1750, an international touring exhibition on view at the Gallery from 11 February to 7 May 2000. This is the first major exhibition to consider the unrivalled achievements of Antoine Watteau within the context of his forebears and followers. Watteau and His World features some 80 works drawn from private and public collections in North America including the National Gallery of Canada. The drawings were selected for the exhibition by guest curator Alan Wintermute, Senior Specialist of Old Master paintings at Christie's, New York.
The presentation in Ottawa was organized by Dr. Colin B. Bailey, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Canada. The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts. It is made possible in part by The Florence Gould Foundation. The catalogue is supported in part by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
"It is both a privilege and a pleasure to showcase the exceptional group of drawings selected for this presentation", said Pierre Théberge, Director, National Gallery of Canada. "Visitors to the exhibition will have a rare opportunity to view a splendid collection of drawings by Watteau, and to consider his extraordinary artistic accomplishments in the context of other brilliant artists."
Forty drawings by Watteau are complemented by the work of twelve other artists who surrounded Watteau as mentors, contemporaries, and students. Included here is work by François Boucher (1703–1770), Claude Gillot (1673–1722), Nicolas Lancret (1690–1743), François Lemoyne (1688–1737),
Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702–1789), and Charles Natoire (1700–1777).
A media preview will take place on Wednesday 9 February, beginning at 10 am in the Great Hall.
Tours of the exhibition with Alan Wintermute, Guest Curator and Senior Specialist of Old Master paintings at Christie's, and Dr. Colin B. Bailey, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, National Gallery of Canada, will be followed by a luncheon. Viewing continues until 2 pm.
An illustrated booklet in English and French by Colin B. Bailey, and a fully illustrated catalogue in English, edited by Alan Wintermute, with essays by Colin B. Bailey, Margaret Morgan Graselli, Pierre Rosenberg, and Alan Wintermute have been published for the exhibition. A program of lectures, tours, workshops, and performing arts has been developed to complement the exhibition. On Sunday 13 February at 3 pm, Alan Wintermute will lead a visit to the exhibition, and on Sunday 20 February at 2 pm, Dr. Colin B. Bailey will present a lecture in the Auditorium. Complete program information is available on the Gallery's website at http://national.gallery.ca/.
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