Century of Splendour: Seventeenth-Century French Painting in French Public Collections
The painting of seventeenth-century France, which saw the flowering of artists such as Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Charles Le Brun, the Le Nain brothers and Georges de La Tour, was truly a golden age. This was the era in which France leaped to the forefront in the arena of the arts, as not only Paris but also many provincial cities gave proof of a creative vitality that was the envy of Europe.
The one hundred and thirty-two works selected for this exhibition from the public collections of France, mainly in the provinces, constitute an ideal survey of the richness of the century's output, illustrating both the variety of genres of painting (historical pictures, portraits, still lifes and landscapes) and the changing styles from Mannerism to classicism. The exhibition Century of Splendour, which was organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Rennes and the Musee Fabre in Montpellier, contains famous, lesser-known and recently acquired works from more than sixty collections. The accompanying catalogue presents an anthology of paintings from a brilliant period, which beneath its showy surface concealed a wealth of mystery and poetry.
Title: Century of Splendour: Seventeenth-Century French Painting in French Public Collections Authors: Collective Publishers: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Réunion des musées nationaux Theme: Art history Format: Hardcover Pages: 400 Dimensions: 31 x 24 cm Language: English Release date: 1993