Die Augen der Bilder

Porträts von Fragonard bis Dumas

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Die Augen der Bilder
Porträts von Fragonard bis Dumas

Text(s) by Markus Stegmann, Isabel Zürcher

German, English

2017. 140 pp., 65 ills.

clothbound

19.80 x 26.40 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4334-1

From Fragonard to Dumas: portraits by the Great Masters

The need for the portrayal of the individual identity is not a modern invention: the idealization of the sitter was already a matter of course in eighteenth and nineteenth century portrait painting. In the exhibition, contemporary portraits are juxtaposed with this convention from an earlier era. What is revealed is a timelessness of the genre, as well as pictoral evidence of social rejection in contemporary portrait painting: loneliness, shattered states, physical and emotional abuse. The exhibition at the Museum Langmatt compares the different epochs and searches for the conventions of contemporary self-portrayal. Portraits by such artists such as Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir enter into dialogue with internationally renowned contemporary artists like Michaël Borremans, Marlene Dumas, and Luc Tuymans.

Exhibition: 17.9.–10.12.2017, Museum Langmatt, Baden

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