"A Strange Enterprise": Drawings of the French Theatre from the Permanent Collection
Scholz Family Works on Paper Gallery
April 15–July 1, 2012
French playwright and actor Molière (1622–73) once said, "It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh." This focus exhibition of Old Master and nineteenth-century drawings related to the theater examines the function and role of the performing arts within political and social discourse in France. The selection presented here includes figure studies and decorative designs by eighteenth-century artists Claude Gillot, Charles Antoine Coypel, and Gilles-Marie Oppenord and their post-revolutionary successors Alexandre Denis Abel de Pujol, James Pradier, and Charles Antoine Cambon.