In the Drawing room. Masterpieces from the Prat Collection
From March 24 to July 12, 2020
The collection of Louis-Antoine and Véronique Prat, which they started in the 1970s, has become one of the world’s most prestigious private collections of French drawing and, in 1995, it became the first to be shown in an exhibition at the Louvre.
Le Petit Palais has decided to organize a new and expanded presentation of this collection in 2020 to coincide with the opening of the Salon du Dessin, an event that attracts all French and international art lovers.
The Prat Collection focuses on illustrations from the French school before 1900, and provides a particularly representative overview of three centuries of French art, from Callot to Seurat.
The two collectors have always favoured works that are significant landmarks in art history, and some of their most famous drawings are closely associated with the genesis of seminal works in French painting: the decorations at Versailles, for example, by Le Brun, Coypel and La Fosse, Andromache Mourning Hector by David, The Dream of Ossian by Ingres, and Degas’s The Belleli Family.
The drawings by Poussin, Watteau, Prud’hon, Delacroix, Gros, Millet, Redon, Cézanne and Toulouse‑Lautrec in this collection are certainly among their most important. The collection also includes masterpieces by artists such as La Hyre, Restout, Vincent, Peyron, Girodet, Doré and Gustave Moreau, who until recently were still forgotten, but who are gradually finding their rightful place in art history.
Pierre ROSENBERG, honorary president-director of the Musée du Louvre
Christophe LERIBAULT, director of the Petit Palais
With the support of AG2R La Mondiale
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