The Lyon Museum Finally Acquires Two Landscapes by Fragonard

2/9/13 - Acquisitions - Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts - The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, which had launched a fundraising appeal in December 2012 in order to acquire two paintings by Fragonard, The Rock and The Watering Hole, owned by a private collector and on sale at the Jean-François Heim gallery (see news item of 8/12/12), finally managed to raise the needed 1.5 million euros.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1805)
The Watering Hole, c. 1763-1765
Oil on Canvas - 51.5 x 63 cm
Paris, art market
Photo : Galerie Jean-François Heim

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1805)
The Rock, c. 1763-1765
Oil on Canvas - 53 x 62 cm
Paris, art market
Photo : Galerie Jean-François Heim

The purchase was funded entirely by the Club du Musée Saint Pierre which, founded in 2009 by eleven companies after the acquisition of the Poussin, now includes sixteen members [1]. Each patron commits to three years, providing 50,000€ a year. Organized with an endowment fund, this Club has enabled the Lyon museum to acquire several paintings, including three by Pierre Soulages and one by Ingres.
It is not known if these beautiful landscapes - reflecting the influence of the Dutch Golden Age in general and Van Ruysdel in particular over Fragonard - are companion pieces ; probably not since, though they are identical in size and represent similar views, the canvases do not present complimentary compositions. In any case, they will fortunately remain together by officially joining the collections at the museum in Lyon.

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Bénédicte Bonnet Saint-Georges, mardi 3 septembre 2013


[1] Biomérieux, Caisse d’épargne Rhône-Alpes, CIC Lyonnaise de Banque, Crédit Agricole centre-est, Dixence, Financière Norbert Dentressangle, GL-Events, KPMG, MAZARS, SEB, Toupargel, now joined by April, Aquasourça, Axa, Descours et Cabaud, KBL Richelieu Rhône-Alpes.

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