past exhibitions
The Epic and the Intimate:
French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection
at the Snite Museum of Art

5.5.12 – 7.29.12
Graphic Arts Gallery

This exhibition, including works by Simon Vouet, Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Jacques-Louis David, illustrates 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. The drawings offer 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."

The FIA is pleased to announce a partnership with the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame for a collections exchange. While The Epic and Intimate exhibition is on view, the FIA will send eight of its best Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including Mary Cassatt's Lydia at a Tapestry Frame to the Snite for the exhibition Cassatt and Beyond: Paintings from the Flint Institute of Arts (June 24 to September 23, 2012).


Organized by the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame.
the sleeping rinaldo

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François Boucher
French, 1703–1770
Boreas and Oreithyia
chalk on paper, ca. 1749 or ca. 1769
14.875 x 13.5 inches
Collection of the Snite Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. John D. Reilly '63, 1996.070.020

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