PRINT December 1975

Neutralizing “The Age of Revolution”

THE EXHIBITION “FRENCH PAINTING 1774–1830: The Age of Revolution,” like “The Impressionist Epoch” of last year, was seen on both sides of the Atlantic. Starting at the Petit Palais in Paris, it went to the Detroit Institute of Art, and then to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Conceived by Robert Rosenblum, whose work is well known to students of the 19th century, and by Fred Cummings, Director of the Detroit Institute of Art, it represents the collaborative efforts of both French and American scholars. But unlike “The Impressionist Epoch,” which consisted largely of works that hang permanently in the Metropolitan and a few other East-Coast museums, this show brought together many paintings from out-of-the-way collections in both Europe and America. Rarely seen canvases by David, Ingres, Géricault and other luminaries of the late 18th and 19th centuries were borrowed from provincial

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