Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724-1780), October 30, 2007 through January 27, 2008
This fall, The Frick Collection will present an exhibition devoted to the art of Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724–1780), one of the French Enlightenment’s most original and innovative artists. The fruit of many years’ research by curators on both sides of the Atlantic, the exhibition is the first major retrospective on the artist in more than eighty years and the first ever to include works from both European and North American collections. It is also the first such collaborative effort between The Frick Collection and the Musée du Louvre (where the show will be on view from February 27 through May 26, 2008). The exhibition includes a prime selection of Saint-Aubin’s prolific and varied oeuvre, comprising some fifty drawings and a small but exceptional sample of his most memorable paintings and etchings. These selections demonstrate the artist’s achievement in a variety of thematic areas, ranging from ancient history to portraiture to the decorative arts, while highlighting the representations of contemporary Paris for which he is best known. Several fine examples of a unique aspect of his work—the small art sale and exhibition catalogues that he filled with hand-drawn illustrations in the margins of the printed texts—are also featured. The exhibition and its catalogue—the first monographic color publication on the artist—will be the foundation for future decades of Saint-Aubin appreciation and research.