Stunning Drawings from Weimar Museums to Be Presented in the United States for the First Time: Core of these Little-Known Collections Connected to Goethe

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From Callot to Greuze: French Drawings from Weimar, an exhibition opening on June 1, 2005, at The Frick Collection presents to American audiences a selection of approximately seventy drawings from the Schlossmuseum and the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar, Germany, and offers a unique viewing opportunity as many of these works have never before been seen outside of the former Eastern bloc countries. (The two institutions—with their collections, gardens, and buildings— united in 2003 and are now known as Stiftung Weimarer Klassik und Kunstsammlungen.) The accompanying catalogue also marks the first time that many of these masterworks have been published. Sheets by Jacques Callot, Charles Lebrun, Claude Lorrain, Jacques Bellange, Simon Vouet, Jean-Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Charles-Joseph Natoire, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, and Charles-Louis Clérisseau, among others, are included, promising to shed new light on the individual oeuvres of these artists as well as deepen our understanding of their practice as draftsmen within the context of other French< masters. Comments Anne L. Poulet, Director of The Frick Collection, “this project presents the most complete assessment to date of Weimar’s French seventeenth- and eighteenth-century drawings, and we are pleased to offer most of our visitors—with both the exhibition and publication—their first viewing of this incredible collection. Indeed, the level of quality found in these works will delight and engage the general public and connoisseurs alike.”

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