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Clark Art: First-Ever Exhibition of 18th Century French Drawings

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January 26 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is a vast and encyclopedic library collection, so extensive that some areas of its holdings have yet to be fully explored. In partnership with the BnF, the Clark Art Institute opens the first exhibition ever presented of the National Library of France’s eighteenth-century French drawings. The exhibition, Promenades on Paper: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, includes a selection of eighty-four studies, architectural plans, albums, sketchbooks, prints, and optical devices that expand our understanding of drawing as a tool of documentation and creation in the age of Enlightenment. These extraordinary works of art span the domains of natural history, current events, theater design, landscape, and portraiture. Displayed together, they immerse audiences in the world of eighteenth-century France—a world shaped by invention, erudition, and spectacle. Works by celebrated artists of the period such as François Boucher and Gabriel de Saint-Aubin are featured alongside exquisite drawings by unexpected practitioners, including female printmakers, royal children, and visionary architects.

In partnership with the BnF, the Clark Art Institute opens the first exhibition ever presented of the National Library of France’s eighteenth-century French drawings.

Venue Details:

Clark Art Institute

225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
Phone:
413-458-2303

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Clark Art Institute

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