At the Snite Museum: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly '63 Collection

Author: Carol C. Bradley

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The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly ’63 Collection opens Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Snite Museum of Art. The exhibition in the O’Shaughnessy Galleries II and III runs through Sunday, Oct. 9.

Organized from the holdings of the Snite’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents sixty works illustrating the history of French drawing from before the foundation of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1648, through the French Revolution of 1789 and its subsequent reforms of the 1800s.

The drawings offer visitors an opportunity to explore the range of media employed, including chalk, colored chalks, ink, and crayon; a variety of favored subjects, such as narrative compositions, portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes; and types of drawings from figure and drapery studies, quick sketches of initial ideas to complex, multi-figured, highly developed, compositional “machines.”

Artists in the exhibition include Simon Vouet, Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Honoré Fragonard and Jean-Baptiste Greuze. Later artists such as Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, Anne-Louis Girodet, Honoré Daumier, Théodore Rousseau, and Edgar Degas signal the transition into the modern era that glorified the individual and the local.

The Epic and the Intimate features drawings of remarkable beauty and depth from the John D. Reilly Collection of Old Master and Nineteenth Century Drawings.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Museum Hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays and holidays.
Snite Museum of Art
Phone: (574) 631-5466