The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection at the Snite Museum of Art

August 18, 2012 - November 03, 2012
Boone and George-Ann Knox I and Rachel Cosby Conway Galleries

Organized by the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, this exhibition, including works by Simon Vouet, Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Jacques-Louis David, illustrates the history of French drawing from before the foundation of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1648 through the French Revolution of 1789 and its subsequent reforms of the 1800s. The drawings offer an opportunity to see the range of media employed, including chalk, colored chalks, ink and crayon; a variety of favored subjects, such as narrative compositions, portraits, landscapes and genre scenes; and types of drawings from figure and drapery studies, quick sketches of initial ideas to complex, multi-figured, highly developed, compositional "machines." Later artists such as Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, Anne-Louis Girodet, Honoré Daumier, Théodore Rousseau and Edgar Degas signal the transition into the modern era that glorified the individual and the local. The exhibition has been on view at the Snite and the Flint Institute of Arts and is subsequently traveling to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif.

In-House Curator

Lynn Boland, Pierre Daura Curator of European Art


The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art