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May 2021

Vol. 163 | No. 1418

French Art and Collecting


The National Art Library

In the editorial in the last issue of this Magazine we commented on the proposal by the management of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), to restructure its curatorial departments along chronological lines as part of a plan to deal with the deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Rodin/Arp Picasso-Rodin

Delays to exhibition planning caused by the coronavirus pandemic have led to the serendipitous concurrence of two separate exhibitions that explore the convergence between Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) and two artists who might have only fleetingly crossed his path, but whose modernist status is similarly eminent: the perpetually popular inventor of Cubism and evergreen stylistic acrobat Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) and Jean (Hans) Arp (1886–1966), the first-hour Dadaist, maverick Surrealist and trailblazer of biomorphic abstraction.

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May 2021, #1418 – Vol 163

French Art and Collecting

  • Poussin’s ‘Triumph of Silenus’ rediscovered

    By Francesca Whitlum-Cooper
  • The tomb of the marquis d’Ennery by Dominique Fossati in Port-au-Prince

    By Gauvin Alexander Bailey
  • Pierre Le Tessier de Montarsis and a network of picture dealers in early eighteenth-century Paris

    By François Marandet
  • From Athens to Constantinople: ‘The watchman’ by Alphonse Isambert

    By Simon Lee
  • Gustave Courbet in Brussels: two of his female sitters and their radical social and political circles

    By Dominique Marechal
  • Gustave Doré’s ‘Dante and Virgil’: an early commission from the Scottish collector Alexander Macdonald of Kepplestone

    By Andrew M. WATSON
  • Christopher Monkhouse (1947–2021)

    By Maryanne Stevens
  • Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761–1845): Le peintre de la société parisienne de Louis XVI à Louis-Philippe

    By Humphrey Wine
  • Art and Violence in Early Renaissance Florence

    By Charles Dempsey
  • French Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art from the Early Eighteenth Century through the Revolution

    By Magdalena Grüner,Colin B. Bailey
  • Zwischen Karten: Alexander von Humboldt’s ‘Atlas géographique et physique des régions équinoxiales du Nouveau Continent’ (Ars et Scientia, 25)

    By Magdalena Grüner
  • Pierre Guérin (1774–1833)

    By Elizabeth Mansfield
  • White Wedding: Die Elfenbeinsammlung Reiner Winkler jetzt im Liebighaus. Für immer.

    By Aileen Dawson
  • The Letters of Edgar Degas

    By Richard Thomson
  • The Man Who Invented Aztec Crystal Skulls: The Adventures of Eugène Boban

    By Michael Hall
  • Hollywood Arensberg: Avant-Garde Collecting in Midcentury L.A.

    By Adrian Sudhalter
  • The Mirror Steamed Over: Love and Pop in London, 1962

    By Ian Massey
  • Beyond the World’s End: Arts of Living at the Crossing

    By Francesca Curtis
  • An Elephant in Rome

    By Tobias Kämpf
  • Art de démocratie: Les débats sur les arts du dessin dans les premières années de la Révolution française

    By Thomas E. Stammers
  • Sam Francis: The Artist’s Materials

    By Rachel Barker,Persi Darukhanawala
  • About Time: Fashion and Duration

    By Alice Mackrell
  • The Realm of the Senses: From Boucher to Greuze

    By Christian Michel
  • Napoli Napoli: Di lava, porcellana e musica

    By Claudia Bodinek
  • Die Fäden der Moderne: Matisse, Picasso, Miró und die französischen Gobelins

    By Antje Neumann-Golle
  • Rodin/Arp Picasso-Rodin

    By Silvia Loreti
  • Objects: USA 2020

    By Lynne Cooke