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The Line Set Free

Drawings by François-André Vincent
From 29 March to 29 June 2014

The exhibition showcases the immense talent of François-André Vincent (1746-1816), covering his sketching career and presenting the broad diversity of his subjects and techniques.

An artist as talented as he was versatile, and yet still largely unknown, François-André Vincent (1746-1816) left a lasting mark on France’s artistic landscape in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Focusing on a selection of fifty drawings taken from Paris’ leading public and private collections, this exhibition is testament to the scope of Vincent’s sketching talent, spanning his whole career and taking in a broad variety of subjects and techniques. After starting out in a highly sketch-focused style indebted to Fragonard, Vincent gradually gravitated towards the heroic grandeur of neoclassicism. His subjects ranged from landscapes to genre exercises, via history painting and animal studies. A superb portraitist, Vincent also produced a large number of fascinating comic caricatures, along with a series of more serious portraits which reveal the artist’s profound sensitivity and psychological insight. This exhibition is a chance to see a number of drawings which have rarely, if ever, been displayed to the public before, and never in such a sympathetic context. This exhibition coincides with the publication of a catalogue with notes and analysis by Jean-Pierre Cuzin, and a major retrospective show of Vincent’s work debuting at the Tours Musée des Beaux-Arts (18th October 2013 – 19th January 2014) and subsequently transferring to Montpellier’s Musée Fabre (8th February – 11th May 2014). This exhibition at the Musée Cognacq-Jay has been scheduled to coincide with Paris’ Drawings Week 2014.

Head Curator:
Benjamin Couilleaux, heritage conservation specialist and Assistant Director of the Musée Cognacq-Jay
Expert consultants:
Jean-Pierre Cuzin, former Head Curator of the Paintings Collection at the Louvre
Isabelle Mayer-Michalon, Doctor of Art History

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