Around fifty portraits, including by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Rosalba Carriera, Francisco Goya, Adolph von Menzel, Edgar Degas, and Auguste Renoir will come underclose literary and art-historical scrutiny. Renowned German writers, intellectuals, and cultural theorists have been invited to compose stories, theoretical works, observations, speculations, character sketches, and poems, inspired by key works in the Kunsthalle’s collection.
At the heart of this exhibition planned for winter 2013/2014 stands Jean-Honoré Fragonard, not the painter, but the draughtsman. The works on paper will be enriched by a select handful of paintings that will reveal the links between his graphic and painterly works. Fragonard (1732–1806) is considered one of the finest French painters of the 18th century, and the art of drawing occupies a central role in the work of this exceptional artist.In both his nature studies and freely invented or literary-inspired scenes, Fragonard developed a pictorial idiom entirely of his own, which made use of both painterly and graphic elements and elevated unworked sections of bare paper into a core compositional element.
Cooperative project marking the artist’s 50th birthday