Exhibition Gabriel de Saint-Aubin 1724–1780
from February 21, 2008 to May 26, 2008
Gabriel de Saint-Aubin Le Salon du Louvre en 1765 (détail), mine de plomb
© RMN/ G. Blot
A unique chronicler of bohemian Paris under the reign of Louis XV, Gabriel de Saint-Aubin was a marginal artist who roamed the streets of the capital his entire life, a sketchbook in his hands.
Ever since this artist was rediscovered by the Goncourt brothers, admiration for his keen eye, liveliness of execution, sensuous use of materials and freedom of expression has never waned. Nevertheless, this exhibition marks the first time in nearly a century that the public will be treated to a monographic exploration of the various aspects of the art of Gabriel de Saint-Aubin.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Louvre and The Frick Collection in New York, this exhibition is able to bring together seven of the rare paintings by this artist, a selection of his remarkable etchings and some sixty of his best drawings.
Gabriel de Saint-Aubin belonged to an eclectic family of artists—his father and a brother were embroiderers for the royal court, a sister and another brother were widely noted for their mastery of the draftsman’s art—who proudly recognized his genius.
However, we know very little about how he got his start as an artist, his training, or his private life.
This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Caisse des Dépôts.
Exhibition organized withThe Frick Collection, New York.
In media partnership with A Nous Paris.
Exhibition catalogue: Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, 1724–1780 by Colin B. Bailey, Kim de Beaumont, Christophe Leribault and Pierre Rosenberg, co-published by Musée du Louvre Éditions and Somogy, 320 p., €39.
The publication of this work was sponsored by ArjoWiggins.
Pierre Rosenberg, Member of the Académie Française, Director Emeritus, Musée du Louvre. Christophe Leribault, Chief Curator, Department of Graphic Arts, Musée du Louvre and Director, Eugène Delacroix Museum.
Sully Wing, Salle de la Chapelle
Access to the exhibition is included in the purchase of an admission to the museum’s permanent collections: €9; €6 after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.