Tercentenary of Boucher's Birth to Be Marked by an Unprecedented Survey of Drawings at The Frick Collection: The Drawings of François Boucher

Exhibition Dates:
The Drawings of François Boucher, October 8 through December 14, 2003
To celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of François Boucher (1703–1770), an unprecedented international loan exhibition of his drawings opens this fall at The Frick Collection in New York.  This is truly the first major survey of the artist’s graphic work to bring together a substantial number of loans from both international and national public and private collections.  Presenting approximately seventy-five sheets of the highest quality, the exhibition provides a deeper understanding of Boucher’s prolific output of works on paper and demonstrates his extraordinary technique and style as a draftsman.  The artist’s wide variety of subject matter is revealed by a selection that includes depictions of pastoral scenes and landscapes, various conceptions of mythology, religious narratives, historical events, representations of literature and allegory, and contemporary scenes.  The Drawings of François Boucher makes its debut at the Frick (October 8 through December 14, 2003), and then travels to the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (January 17 through April 18, 2004).  It is curated by Alastair Laing, Advisor on Paintings and Sculpture to the National Trust, London.  The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and is made possible, in part, by grants from the Grand Marnier Foundation, Fino Family Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Pfizer Foundation.  Additional support has been provided by the Benefactors Circle of the AFA.  Presentation of the exhibition in New York, which is coordinated by the Frick’s Chief Curator, Colin B. Bailey, is made possible through a major grant from The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation with additional support from Jean A. Bonna and the Fellows of The Frick Collection.


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