Elizabeth Mitchell, the Cantor's Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, speaks about the French drawing tradition, touching on works presented in Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art and Drawn to the Body: French Figure Drawings from the Cantor Arts Center Collection.
Storied Past features 60 French drawings created over a span of four centuries, all drawn from the Suida-Manning collection at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. The show demonstrates the range of subject matter characteristic of old master French drawings and emphasizes the narrative character of the French tradition. Additionally, the installation informs viewers about drawing materials and techniques as well as some of the issues pertinent to the connoisseurship of drawings. Included are French artists from diverse schools and styles, such as Jacques Callot, François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Théodore Rousseau, and Théophile Alexandre Steinlen.
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