“Le Baroque en Flandres” Exhibition, Paris

If you’re in Paris between Feb. 16 and May 07, 2010 be sure to stop by the École Nationale Supérieure de Beaux Arts for the drawing show “Le Baroque en Flandres: Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens.”

“The show exhibits original works on paper by several of the most prestigious 17th-century artists: Peter-Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens, but also those of their close collaborators like Abraham van Diepenbeck, Pieter Soutman and Theodor van Van Thulden.  The exhibition offers a rare chance to compare these talented artists while looking at works from among genres as diverse as religious subjects, mythology, portraiture, landscape, genre scenes and still-life.

Created in the Low Countries under Spanish rule, the works also allow one to retrace the cultural context of their creation.  While van Dyck creates images evincing new Counter-Reformation theology, conversely Jordaens creates genre images that express his Protestant sense of religious repression. Though each artist is unique, each of them embraces the contemporary Baroque aesthetics of drama, naturalism and extreme juxtapositions of light and shadow.”*

(*My loose translation from the corollary exhibition website.)

And, how cool is this? The exhibition catalogue entry for Jordaens’ preparatory drawing of “The Satyr and Peasant” (Seen at right.  Cat. 10; pp. 56-62) cites my article, “The Wise Man Has Two Tongues: Images of the Satyr and the Peasant by Jordaens and Steen” (in Myth in History, History in Myth [Brill, 2009]). The curators used it as their source for the cultural context behind Jordaens’ chafing at the period reformation of popular, humanist traditions.  And, for good measure, Jordaens’ fabulous drawing is featured on the back cover of the catalogue!

Thanks very much to Camille Debrabant who sent me a gratis copy of the publication and a warm invitation to visit the show.  Perhaps a side-trip from Venice?  :)


Practical Information:

École Nationale Supérieure de Beaux Arts, 14, rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris. Open everyday from 1 to 6 pm. Closed April 17 to 25 and May 1, 2010. Entrance fee: 3 €, Reduced ticket: 2 €.

2 Responses to ““Le Baroque en Flandres” Exhibition, Paris”
  1. Sandra says:

    The Ecole drawings collection is fun and I suspect home to many hidden gems, but who’s lucky enough to hang out in Paris looking through all those drawings? The curators are totally hands on, I don’t know how they manage to work on their own scholarship since they have to deal with ponces like me on a daily basis, from answering queries to retrieving drawings from the stacks, and keeping basic order in the collection, it’s a wonder they manage to put together great shows!

    • Kimberlee says:

      Agreed, Sandra! They do seem to be at the top of their game. Hey, perhaps if you’re free, we could hop a flight and go bother them. I’m sure if we took them out for une bouteille après, they’d be happy to host us! ;) Camille’s offered me a personal tour already. We’ve got until May 1st…just let me get over this Venetian jet-lag first. hahaha

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