Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724-1780), October 30, 2007 through January 27, 2008
An important exhibition and catalogue devoted to the art of Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, co-organized over a seven-year period by The Frick Collection and the Musée du Louvre, Paris, has its exclusive North American showing in New York in the fall of 2007 (opening in Paris in late February 2008, running through May). This will be the inaugural exhibition on this artist to include masterpieces from European and North American collections. The show will break major new ground as a work of international scholarship and bring long overdue recognition to one of the European Enlightenment’s most original and innovative artists. Although highly esteemed by scholars and admirers of eighteenth-century French art, Saint-Aubin is little known to the general public. The exhibition will present a selection of Saint-Aubin’s prolific and varied oeuvre in the media of painting, drawing, and etching. The selection of drawings in particular, will reveal the artist’s achievement in a variety of thematic areas as well as highlight Saint-Aubin’s extraordinary response to virtually every aspect of life and thought in eighteenth-century Paris—itself a microcosm of the life and thought in Europe during the Enlightenment. The exhibition will provide visitors with the opportunity to glimpse Paris as it was two hundred and fifty years ago, through appealing depictions of the city’s architecture, theater, the Salon, domestic life, and popular entertainment, each a subject that Saint-Aubin rendered in an immediate, impressionistic style that anticipates that of artists of the late nineteenth century. Major funding for Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724–1780) has been provided by The Florence Gould Foundation. Additional generous support has been provided by The Christian Humann Foundation and The Grand Marnier Foundation.