Category Archives: Exhibitions

François Gérard @ the Château de Fontainebleau

Thomas_Lawrence_-_Francois_Gerard        Thomas Lawrence [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Student of Jacques-Louis David, François enjoyed a big success for his history and portrait paintings. He became a painter of the court under Napoleon Bonaparte, first painter of Joséphine de Beauharnais, and of the King of the restoration, during Luis XVIII and Charles X reign. His reputation made him so famous, that frontiers opened for him  with the major sovereign families of Europe, pushing themselves to get a portrait painted by the Gérard.

Gerard_-_Napoléon_II_Roi_de_Rome       François Gérard [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

With the perfect mix of elegance and psychological depth, his early works introduced the Gérard to a clientele who were always looking  for recognition. Starting 1800, Napoleon’s commissions gave him an official position: Baron.

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            Gérard, 1807. Photo: © Château de Versailles.

Since 1795, and until he died, he produced images of his contemporaries, and achieved a grade of success that only a few other artists of his time were able to gain.

Reuniting more than 70 works from private and public collections in France and from several European museums, this retrospective finally pays homage to the master who was known to his contemporaries as “the painter of kings and the king of painters.”

Dates and times:
Every Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
From: Saturday 29 March To: Monday 30 June 2014

Event Location:
Musée national du château de Fontainebleau ,
Château de Fontainebleau
77 Fontainebleau, 77300
Metro: Pigalle

For a  visit to Fontainebleau and Barbizon for 4 1/2 hours, Including hotel/apartment pickup and return inside Paris, go here.

Delacroix Bequeathed, Masterpieces of Étienne Moreau-Nélaton’s Collection

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From Wednesday 11 of December 2013, to Monday 17 of March 2014.

The Eugène Delacroix National Museum offers the opportunity of admiring a rarely exhibited collection of works of the great French romantic painter.

Son of a wealthy family of financiers, Etienne Moreau-Nélaton (1859 – 1927) succeeded thanks to his passion for art building a true work of a collector and prodigal sensitivity . This great art lover was himself a painter ceramist and lithographer. Singular personality, he was also a true passion of his father’s and his grandfather’s heir.

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This small exhibition takes as its starting point the generous donations made at the beginning of the 20th century to the Louvre Museum and other French museums by the collector Étienne Moreau-Nélaton. About one hundred paintings as well as autographs and drawings were therefore bequeathed by the art lover, whose grandfather (Adolphe Moreau, father) has rubbed shoulders with Eugène Delacroix and fervently championed the work.

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Familiarity with the work of Delacroix formed Moreau-Nélaton, certainly an essential element in the formation of tastes and choices . For donations in 1906, 1907 and 1919 and the legacy of 1927, he was also, and especially one of the most generous donors to the Louvre and French museums, which owe a major enrichment of their collections and most important collection of works of Delacroix world.

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The presentation gives pride of place to the family’s contribution in recognizing the talent of the author of Liberty Leading the People and the famous Autoportrait au gilet vert, among other masterpieces. Adolphe Moreau son, Étienne Moreau-Nélaton’s father, was himself behind the first brief catalog of the artist’s work, entitled Delacroix et son œuvre (1873).

Address: 6 rue de Furstenberg, 75006 – Paris

How to get there:
Bus 39
Bus 48
Bus 96
Metro 4 Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Metro 10 Mabillon

Pictures © Musée du Louvre