Hero’s destinies: Historical drawings from the Musée Fabre

28 October 2008 - 14 March 2009

The Musée Fabre’s cabinet of graphic arts, with a rich collection of over 4000 works, presents temporary exhibitions throughout the year. This autumn the display is consecrated to the destiny of heroes, antique and historic.

Cabinet Bonnet-Mel, Gallery 23

Since the 17th century the historic genre has been considered as the noblest form of art. The complexity of scenes and the exemplary nature of subjects enable artists to reveal the full range of their talents. In this context a drawing was the ideal medium for elaborating the details of these vast compositions with multiple figures.
The Musée Fabre’s cabinet of graphic arts, thanks to its large neoclassical collection, offers an exhibition based upon 30 works from its collection exploring the role of drawing in this preliminary work. Starting from David’s important studies, such as the drawings for Bonaparte crossing the col du Grand-Saint-Bernard, or recent acquisitions by Hennequin or Papety one can examine the evolution during the 18th and 19th centuries of the art that is commonly called “the great genre”.