12/7/12 - Obituary - Former chief curator for the Département des Arts Graphiques at the Louvre, which he had left in order to retire exactly two years ago, Jean-François Méjanès died suddenly last 4 July.
Born on 13 July 1942, he had successfully passed the competitive examinations for the Musée nationaux in 1972, then was in residence at the Académie de France in Rome from 1974 to 1976, before joining the Cabinet des dessins at the Louvre where he spent the rest of his career. A specialist of 17th and 18th century French drawings, Jean-François Méjanès curated several exhibitions, notably on Trémolières, Boucher, the Van Blarenberghes, Hubert Robert...If we were to choose one, it would no doubt be the show in 1983 highlighting the Comte d’Orsay, an important 18th century collector whose collecting seal, until then anonymous, he had identified and which can be found on many of the drawings residing at the Louvre.
Having worked extensively on French artists in Rome during the second half of the 18th century, particularly the landscapists, he had also participated in the exhibition Piranèse et les Français, and was preparing, in collaboration with Sophie Join-Lambert and Anne Leclair, the catalogue raisonné for Joseph-Benoît Suvée who will be featured in a retrospective in 2015.
Finally, we would like to point out his work as a teacher at the Sorbonne Paris IV, where he directed a seminar on drawing for many years.