New York to Showcase Exceptional Drawings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada - February 2, 1999
Beginning February 9th, New York will premiere a stunning exhibition of master drawings from Canada's permanent collection when French and English Drawings of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries from the National Gallery of Canada opens at one of the world's finest museums, The Frick Collection. This important event marks the first time that such an extensive selection of works from the Gallery's collection will be presented in New York. A media preview will be held at The Frick Collection on Monday, February 8th, from 10 am to 12 noon.
"The permanent collection of the National Gallery is relatively unknown to the American public and we are thrilled to showcase the Gallery's exceptional collection of drawings at The Frick Collection in New York", stated Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada.
The exhibition features 67 masterpieces and visitors will see among the finest examples of works on paper from France and Britain from the French figurative tradition in its ascendancy to the rise of British landscape. Celebrated artists from the French school include François Boucher, Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas and Auguste Renoir. The British works, which represent the largest portion of the drawings collections, include selections by John Constable, William Hogarth, George Romney, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, J.M.W. Turner and Benjamin West.
"We are delighted to present American audiences with an opportunity to view a major selection from the National Gallery of Canada's impressive holdings", stated Samuel Sachs II, Director of The Frick Collection. "New York audiences will encounter masterpieces that have seldom travelled outside of Canada and rarely been published."
Dr. Colin B. Bailey, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery selected the works for the exhibition, in collaboration with Charles Ryskamp, prior to his retirement as Director of The Frick Collection, and Dr. Douglas Schoenherr, former Associate Curator of European and American Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Canada.
French and English Drawings of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries from the National Gallery of Canada continues at The Frick Collection until April 25.
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