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David to Cezanne

The Gallery presents David to Cézanne: Master drawings from the Prat Collection, Paris an exhibition of 101 French drawings spanning the course of the 19th century.  This was a century when France, more than any other country, produced the finest succession of great artists: David, Ingres, Delacroix, Géricault, Millet, Daumier, Manet, Degas, Redon, Moreau, Seurat, Cézanne - all represented in this exhibition through drawings of superlative quality.

This is the first time that the collection has been seen in Australia, offering a rare opportunity to see some of the most beautiful examples of 19th-century drawing and provides an insight into the fascinating world of the collector.;

The collection is, according to Pierre Rosenberg, former director of the Louvre:

a top-rank ensemble ... [striking for the] invariably perfect quality of each drawing ... Rarely has there been such a manifest, coherent determination to conceive a collection as a creation; in isolation each sheet delights and enchants; all together these drawings ... are a lesson in the history of art, a non-verbal lesson, and all the more enjoyable for that ...

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On view:22 September � 5 December 2010
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
Telephone:(02) 9225 1744
Recorded information (02) 9225 1790
National toll free 1800 679 278
Hours:10am to 5pm, 7 days a week
Art After Hours Wednesday nights until 9pm
Admission:$10 adult, $8 concession
Media Information and Interviews:Claire Martin
(02) 9225 1734 or 0414 437 588

IMAGE CREDIT: Jean-August-Dominique Ingres Portrait of Pierre Baillot 1829; Pierre-Paul Prud'hon Fortune c1800; Edgar Degas A young girl standing - portrait of Giovanna Bellelli 1858/59. All works Prat Collection, Paris.