Tancred and Erminia
Judgement of Paris
Boy with a Dog
focuses on French drawings from the Hermitage's magnificent but
largely inaccessible collection of master drawings. There are more
than 40,000 items overall in the Hermitage Cabinet of Drawings,
the French section boasting outstanding examples by artists who
dominate the history of French art from the 16th to early 20th centuries.
The presentation of paintings and drawings by one and the same artist
illustrates how drawing served both as a preparation for a painting
and as an independent activity. Works by artists such as Clouet,
Poussin, Bellange, Claude, Watteau, Boucher, Oudry, Greuze, Ingres,
Degas, Manet, Matisse and Picasso gives a taste of the delights
of French drawing in the Hermitage collection.
"This is an exhibition that will be greeted with great enthusiasm
by everyone interested in Old Master drawings."
Brian Sewell, The Evening Standard
an irresistible survey of French draughtsmanship"
Richard Cork, The Times
pretty unmissable" Charles Darwent, The