National Gallery of Canada’s Latest Draw: French Drawings from Canadian Collections
Ottawa, Canada - May 20, 2004
Le MBAC présente sa dernière création : Dessins français dans les collections canadiennes
There’s no need to go all the way to France to see fine French drawings. Instead, head to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa to see French Drawings from Canadian Collections, on display from 21 May to 29 August 2004.
This stunning exhibition brings together more than 100 landscapes, portraits, genre pictures, and representations of historical and religious subjects dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
French Drawings from Canadian Collections offers visitors a unique opportunity to view exceptional works by artists including Jacques Bellange, Charles Le Brun, Antoine Watteau, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jacques Louis David, Anne-Louis Girodet, Théodore Géricault, Edgar Degas and Odilon Redon.
“The great variety of techniques and materials used in the creation of these works invites viewers to explore the many facets of the art of drawing, from the preparatory sketch to the finished work,” says Sonia Couturier, curator of the exhibition. “Because it is organized chronologically, the exhibition also illustrates how drawing has evolved and grown as an art form.”
More than 80 core works in the exhibition belong to the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collection. These are complemented by striking works drawn from other public and private collections across the country. The drawings that fill the Prints, Drawings and Photographs Galleries were selected to illustrate the richness and diversity of these Canadian collections, as well as to highlight some of the major stages in the development of art in France.
“This exhibition gives the National Gallery of Canada a wonderful opportunity to show off the wealth of French drawings collected by Canadian institutions and individuals,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery. “These are magnificent works that deserve to be seen and appreciated.”
French Drawings from Canadian Collections is organized by the National Gallery of Canada and supported by Sotheby’s.
Meet the Curator
Sonia Couturier, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery, will lead two guided tours of French Drawings from Canadian Collections. The first will be in French, with a bilingual question period, on Friday 28 May at 12:15 p.m. The second will be in English, with a bilingual question period, on Friday 18 June at 12:15 p.m.
A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue introduces the collection and provides a detailed analysis of each work. The catalogue is available at the NGC Bookstore or online at http://www.national.gallery.ca/.
Following the presentation in Ottawa, 70 of the National Gallery’s French drawings will travel to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria next winter, and to the Edmonton Art Gallery in the fall of 2005. This travelling exhibition will be called French Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada.
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