14 septembre 2015

"Fragonard amoureux" au musée du Luxembourg

Fragonard amoureux : Affiche.  PARIS - Le dix-huitième siècle fut, selon les frères Goncourt, celui de la séduction et de l’intrigue amoureuse, dont Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) aurait été le principal illustrateur, voire le principal agent. L’inspiration amoureuse parcourt en effet l’œuvre protéiforme et généreuse du « divin Frago », depuis les compositions champêtres de ses débuts jusqu’aux allégories amoureuses qui occupèrent la fin de sa carrière. Tour à tour galant, libertin, audacieusement polisson ou au... [Lire la suite]

05 avril 2015

Research reveals significantly different composition in Jean-Honoré Fragonard's Young Girl Reading

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading was a gift of Mrs. Ailsa Mellon Bruce in memory of her father, Mr. Andrew W. Mellon, in 1961. National Gallery of Art, Washington. WASHINGTON, DC.- One of the most beloved paintings in the National Gallery of Art's permanent collection, Young Girl Reading (c. 1770) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, shows a young woman in profile, reading the book in her hand. It is now clear that a completely different face was painted underneath, that of an older woman looking out towards the... [Lire la suite]
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30 juin 2014

Masterpieces of painting from French national museums on view at Macao Museum of Art

Jean Clouet, Portrait of François I, King of France, circa 1530. Oil on wood (oak), 96 x 74 cm. Collection of Musée du Louvre. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Hervé Lewandowski.  MACAO.- After showcasing the treasures of Napoleon last year by Le French May, the Macao Museum of Art is celebrating its 15th anniversary in hosting 12 of the greatest masterpieces on loan from the most prestigious French museums: Musée d’Orsay, Château de Versailles, Musée du Louvre and Centre Pompidou.  Organized especially to... [Lire la suite]
16 avril 2014

Jean-Honoré Fragonard's hymn to love and poetry at Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Sappho inspired by Cupid estimated at £800,000-1,200,000. Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- Sappho inspired by Cupid, a sensual work by the French 17th century Master, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, is to be sold at Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale in London on 9 July. It is estimated at £800,000-1,200,000.  The painting is known informally as the Portanova Sappho to recognise its previous ownership by the socialite couple Sandra and Ricky di Portanova but also to distinguish it from Fragonard’s other works on the... [Lire la suite]
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14 décembre 2013

Important rediscoveries lead Sotheby's Old Master Paintings Sale in New York on 30 January

 Jacob Ochtervelt, A Child and Nurse in the Foyer of an Elegant Townhouse, the Parents Beyond, oil on canvas, est. $3/4 million. Photo: Sotheby's NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced the sale of Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture, comprising an exceptional selection of works from schools throughout Europe, to be held on 30 January 2014 during our annual Old Masters Week auctions. The sale is highlighted by a number of important paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, particularly an exciting rediscovery of a work by Jacob... [Lire la suite]
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08 août 2013

Definitive Fragonard Portrait Leads Bonhams Sale of Works From World Famous Collection to Benefit UNICEF

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Portrait of François-Henri d'Harcourt. The portrait is one of a number of works on show from the renowned collection of the German philanthropist, the late Dr Gustav Rau which Bonhams will be selling in London on 5 December. Photo: Bonhams. GENEVA. A major work by the 18th century French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Portrait of François-Henri d'Harcourt, will lead Bonhams sale of works from the renowned collection of the German philanthropist, the late Dr Gustav Rau. The proceeds... [Lire la suite]
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14 juillet 2013

"The Poetry of Paper" at J. Paul Getty Museum

Cornelis Dusart (Dutch, 1660-1704),A Seated Peasant Looking Down to the Right, Holding a Pitcher, about 1680s, Dutch, Black and red chalk, 24.7 x 22.9 cm, 2004.72, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.  When looking at drawings, one generally focuses on what’s there: the figures, landscape, buildings, and other objects in the work. The Poetry of Paper however, focuses on what’s NOT there — the artists’ use of negative space, described as areas of paper left blank to create the illusion of light and form. Featuring... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2011

Jeff Koons to Lend Major Works to Paris Tableau

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Jupiter and Antiope or Venus and Satyr, 17th century. Oil on canvas, 51.4 x 66.7 cm, 20¼ x 26¼ in. ©Courtesy of Jeff Koons PARIS.- World-renowned American contemporary artist Jeff Koons is lending three Old Master paintings to Paris Tableau, the first international art fair dedicated to Old Master paintings, from 4 to 8 November 2011 at the Palais de la Bourse, Paris. This major new event was devised by ten leading Parisian paintings dealers who invited ten important international colleagues from... [Lire la suite]
26 mai 2011

Old Masters Paintings Sale at Christie's New York Features a Great Selection of Works

The Master of the Parrot, Saint Mary Magdalene before a curtain supported by angels in an architectural niche, oil on panel, 29 x 23 in. Estimate 600,000 - 800,000 U.S. dollars. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2011. NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces its upcoming auction of Old Master Paintings on June 8, 2011 at 10 am, featuring a selection of works by the great French, Italian, Flemish and British masters of the 15th through the 19th century including Pieter Breughel II, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Sir Joshua Reynolds, among others.... [Lire la suite]
03 octobre 2010

"Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection" @ The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Elizabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun, Portrait of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, 1783. Oil on canvas. Collection of Linda and Stewart Resnick. Photo © 2010 Museum Associates/LACMA LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection, which features more than 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the collection of Lynda and Stewart Resnick, long-time patrons of the museum. Since the early 1980s, the Resnicks have collected in many areas... [Lire la suite]