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[[underlined]]WASHINGTON, D.C. - NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART[[/underlined]]
[[underlined]]French Drawings, Masterpieces from Five Centuries[[/underlined]] - organized by the French Government (l'Association Francaise d'Action Artistique) and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition consists of 176 original drawings from the collections of the Louvre and other French museums, as well as from museums in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and private collections.  This outstanding artistic event is unique in its scope and content.  With one or two exceptions, none of the works shown has ever been exhibited in this country before.  Beginning with Fouquet (1420-1480) it demonstrates the unbroken continuity of French master draftsmanship up to and including Renoir (1841-1919) and features such famous artists as Clouet (16th century, Callot, Claude Lorrain and Poussin (17th century), David, Greuze, Watteau, Fragonard (18th century), as well as all the great names of the 19th and early 20th centuries: Corot, Cezanne, Courbet, Daumier, Delacroix, Gaugin, Degas, Monet, Manet, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec and many others.  In addition, artists not at all or less well represented in American collections, such as Bellange, Chardin, Gillot and Rigaud are shown in the exhibit.

Above and beyond the individual talent and technique of each and every master draftsman - including the innovators whose strong personality dominates their respective period - these master drawings exemplify the upholding of a great tradition and convey a distinctly French atmosphere and character.

The Curator of Drawings of the Louvre, Madame Jacqueline Bouchot-Saupique, has brought the exhibition to this country and will accompany it on its tour throughout the United States on the following dates:

National Gallery of Art - Washington, D.C. | November 2nd - 30th

Cleveland Art Museum - Cleveland, Ohio | December 9th - January 10th

City Art Museum of St. Louis - St. Louis, Mo. | January 18th - February 16th

Fogg Art Museum - Cambridge, Mass. | February 23rd - March 8th

Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, N.Y. | March 15 - April 19th


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