French drawings at the Musee Magnin available on Internet

30/012008 — Internet — Dijon, Musee Magnin — After Pau (see [News item of 12/1/08]), another national museum in the French provinces has posted a catalogue of its French drawing collection. The event is all the more noteworthy since most of the holdings were practically unpublished, the only previous one dating back to 1938. Everything is photographed here and each picture can be seen in large format. However, unlike the case for Pau, there are no entries. This is thus only a simple catalogue.

It is well known that Jeanne and Maurie Magnin usually bought works at the Parisian auction house Hotel Drouot and did not keep track of the provenances. The French drawing collection is especially rich in pieces from the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, with little from the XVIIth. Although one finds important names (Boucher, Greuze, Girodet, Gericault…), small masters also abound and will be sure to please art lovers. One can also admire no less than 111 anonymous drawings, most of which are of excellent quality. Some of these will no doubt find an attribution thanks to their viewing availability today.

The launching of the site is accompanied by an exhibition of 100 drawings and the publication of a small album with reproductions of twenty-six of these. Although the increase in Internet databases, now making their appearance regularly in our News items, is cause for rejoicing, it would be a shame nonetheless if they were to one day completely replace paper editions.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 30 janvier 2008

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