Promenades on Paper: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings from the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Date: December 17, 2022 - March 12, 2023


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The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) has a vast and encyclopedic collection, and yet its drawings holdings are relatively unexplored. In partnership with the BnF, the Clark is organizing the first exhibition of the library’s eighteenth-century French drawings. The selection of eighty-six enchanting studies, architectural plans, albums, sketchbooks, prints, and optical devices will expand our understanding of drawing as a tool of documentation and creation in the age of Enlightenment, spanning the domains of natural history, current events, theater design, landscape, and portraiture. Displayed together, these objects will immerse audiences in the world of eighteenth-century France—a world shaped by invention, erudition, and spectacle. Throughout, works by celebrated artists of the period such as François Boucher and Gabriel de Saint-Aubin will be featured alongside exquisite drawings by lesser-known practitioners, including female printmakers, royal children, and visionary architects.

This exhibition was co-organized by the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.



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