François Boucher, Chinese Dignitary Carried by Two Servants, c. 1740, red chalk over light preparatory sketch in graphite.
Berlin’s Kupferstichkabinett is home to one of the most important collections of French drawings outside France. For the first time, the museum is inviting visitors to a ‘rendezvous’ with its ‘beautiful Frenchmen’ and will be exhibiting the most captivating and significant of these drawings, a selection of works which unfolds to reveal a rich panorama of French draughtsmanship from the 16th to 18th century, from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. The exhibition will include groups of works by the most important artists of these periods (including Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard) alongside individual sheets of astonishing intricacy being shown for the first time. The magnificent selection of around 100 works on paper presents the art of drawing at its most charming and bewitching.
(Image © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Jörg P. Anders.)