Jean-Siméon Chardin (Paris, 1699–Paris, 1779), Portrait of a Young Boy, 1777. Pastel, 17 ¾ x 14 ¾ in. Collection of Jean Bonna, Geneva
NEW YORK, NY.- Raphael to Renoir: Drawings from the Collection of Jean Bonna is the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the European Old Master and 19th-century drawings from this distinguished Swiss collection. On view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning January 21, 2009, Raphael to Renoir provides a rare opportunity to see 120 master drawings, ranging across 500 years of the history of art, from the Renaissance to 1900. Representing a range of artistic schools, the selection includes works by famous artists—such as Carpaccio, Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, Parmigianino, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain, Watteau, Chardin, Boucher, Fragonard, Goya, Ingres, Gericault, Delacroix, Manet, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Degas, Cézanne, Redon, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Seurat—as well as superb and poignant drawings by lesser-known artists.
"Jean Bonna is among the finest drawings collectors of our time, with discriminating taste and a wide breadth of interests," commented George R. Goldner, Drue Heinz Chairman of the Metropolitan Museum's Drawings and Prints Department. Highlights of Raphael to Renoir include extraordinary drawings such as Raphael's Study of Soldiers in The Conversion of Saul (ca. 1615–16), Parmigianino's The Holy Family with Shepherds and Angels (ca. 1523–24), and Jean-Antoine Watteau's Three Studies of Female Heads, as well as Hans Hoffmann's beautifully rendered watercolor A Wild Boar Piglet (1578), and Odilon Redon's colorful pastel Sailing Boat with Two Passengers (La Barque, ca. 1900).
At the Metropolitan Museum, the exhibition is organized by George R. Goldner, Drue Heinz Chairman, and Carmen Bambach, Curator, both of the Department of Drawings and Prints.
Following its showing at the Metropolitan, the exhibition will be on view at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh at the Royal Scottish Academy Building from June 5, 2009, through September 6, 2009.
“Study of a Young Woman Viewed in Full Length, Her Right Arm Resting on a Plinth”, Francois Boucher, 1761. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Limoges, 1841–Cagnes-sur-Mer, 1919), Nude Bathers Playing with a Crab. Ca. 1897-1900. Pastel on laid paper, 17 11/16 x 24 in. Collection of Jean Bonna, Geneva
"A praying man", Vittore Carpaccio. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Parmigianino, “Holy Family with Shepherd’s and Angels”. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Raphael, "Three running, shouting soldiers". Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"A man in a turban", Giovanni Bellini's circle. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Coastal Landscape with a Battle on a Bridge” circa 1655, Claude Lorrain. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Head of a young woman", Federico Barocci. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"King Francois II at age twelve", Francois Clouet. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"A woman", Jean-Baptiste Greuze. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Three female heads', Watteau. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art