Barye and Baudry at the Louvre and at the ENSBA

1. Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875)
Study of a deer
Watercolor - 14.2 x 22 cm
Paris, Musée du Louvre
Photo : RMN

24/3/08 — Exhibitions — Paris, Musée du Louvre and Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts — We must point out the temporary hang that the Graphic Arts Department of the Louvre exhibits in its “current events” rooms on the first floor, after the Spanish Painting gallery, next to the Flore entrance. These events seldom appear in the media — it is useless to look for them even on the Louvre website — and yet they are often fascinating. Although a catalogue is not prepared for such a hang, they provide the perfect chance to discover sheets that are rarely seen. This news item is simply to inform our readers of the one currently on show, along with the presentation of part of the Barye holdings, notably its remarkable watercolors (ill. 1) most of which come from the collection of Jacques-Michel de Zoubaloff who donated them to the Louvre early in the XXth century.

2. Paul Baudry (1828-1886)
Black chalk, charcoal and stump -
43.8 x 22.2 cm
Paris, Ensba
Photo : Ensba

At the same time, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts is exhibiting Paul Baudry’s drawings. These sheets were recently displayed at the exhibition of the Mémorial de Vendée in Lucs-les-Boulogne as part of a larger retrospective (see article). As always, this two-fold exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue [1] which is finely put together. We would also like to mention the publication of a catalogue on the Parrocel family [2], for the previous hang and which we did not have the time to talk about here. We regret that for the moment it is not possible to show more than twenty works at a time in the Jean Bonna cabinet, where these shows take place and which is due to the generosity of the Swiss collector. However, a new arrangement will soon allow the public to view thirty or more.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 24 mars 2008


[1] Collective work, Une Dynastie de peintre les Parrocel, Paris, Ensba, 2007.

[2] Emmanuelle Brugerolles et Camille Debrabant, Paul Baudry dessinateur, Paris, Ensba, 2008.

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