French Artists and their Models

French Artists and their Models


February 11, 2018

3:00 PM-4:00 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

In this talk Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum, explores how French artists worked with models during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Where did they find their models? What role did the models play in the creative process? How does an individual artist’s approach to the model reveal their broader outlook? A close look at studies by Watteau, Fragonard, Prud’hon, Gericault, Ingres, and Delacroix illuminates the challenges inherent in working from the model.

Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection is organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Presentation at the Clark is made possible by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Antoine Watteau (French, 1684–1721), Study of a Young Man Seen from the Back and Another Study of a Right Arm (detail), c. 1717. Black, red, and white chalk on paper, 8 3/16 × 9 in. Morgan Library & Museum, Thaw Collection, 2000.56