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U.Va. Art Museum Exhibits Drawings by European Masters
From Mantegna To Matisse: Master Drawings From The Musée Des Beaux-Arts Et D’archeologie, Besançon

March 23, 2005 --

WHO:         University of Virginia Art Museum
WHAT:       Exhibition: “From Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archeologie, Besançon”

WHEN:         Saturday, April 9, through Sunday, June 5
WHERE:       155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, Va.

The University of Virginia Art Museum will present the special exhibition “From Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archeologie, Besançon” from April 9 to June 5. This past fall, Besançon, France, and Charlottesville signed an official proclamation of friendship, the first formal step toward becoming sister cities. The exhibit is the first time this major collection will be shown in the United States.

Drawn from the holdings of the third largest public collection in France, the exhibition features more than 60 works on paper by European artists working from the 16th century to the early 20th century. The exhibition features masterpieces by Annibale Caracci, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Théodore Gericault, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Andrea Mantegna, Henri Matisse, Nicholas Poussin, Pierre Paul Rubens, Theodore Rousseau, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn and Jean-Antoine Watteau.

This comprehensive survey, recently presented in France in a larger format at the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archeologie, invites visitors to study drawings from a broad historical period spanning many artistic movements. Because these artists also were masters of painting,the exhibition explores the relationship between drawing and other art forms and the wide variety of media that are considered “drawings,” including ink, pencil, pastel, charcoal, watercolor and gouache.

The exhibition also pays homage to the art collectors during the past two centuries whose connoisseurship and generosity shaped this outstanding collection. Featured are the donations of Pierre-Adrien Pâris upon his death in 1819, Jean Gigoux at the end of the 19th century and, more recently, George and Adèle Besson, between 1960 and 1970.  A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibit is available in French and is accompanied by English translations of major text essays of the 62 works that make up the Charlottesville exhibition.

The University of Virginia Art Museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For details about the exhibit or information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592, or visit the museum’s Web site: http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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