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French Drawings: Clouet to Seurat

Stein, Perrin & Royalton-Kisch, Martin


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French Drawings: Clouet to Seurat. By Perrin Stein with contributions from Martin Royalton-Kisch

Published by The British Museum Press, London, 2006. Approx size: 29cm H x 24.5cm W                     (11½” H x 9 ¾” W). Paperback. Art. 240pp. Illustrated.

"From the Renaissance onwards France produced draughtsmen of the highest calibre, whose work combined innovation with elegance and refinement. The remarkable achievements of the French artistic tradition are illuminated in a selection of four centuries of master drawings from the collection of the British Museum. The earliest sheets are rare examples of portraiture and designs for palace decoration commissioned by the French court in the sixteenth century. The British Museum also boasts a rich representation of the major masters of the Baroque, such as Jacques Callot, Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain. The Enlightenment period is exemplified by brilliant draughtsmanship from the sparkling Rococo trois crayons sheets of Antoine Watteau to the coolly elegant Neoclassical drawings of Jacques-Louis David. Enriched by the de Hauke bequest, the nineteenth-century holdings touch upon the high points of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, from Degas to Cézanne to Seurat, in whose rebellion and innovation often drew nourishment from the art of the past."

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