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From 21th November 2015 to 6th March 2016

This is not a Portrait

Fantasy figures by Murillo, Fragonard, Tiepolo...

© Exhibition poster Michael Sweerts (1618-1664), Boy in a Turban holding a Nosegay, circa 1658. © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Madrid
© © Exhibition poster Michael Sweerts (1618-1664), Boy in a Turban holding a Nosegay, circa 1658. © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Madrid


The Musée des Augustins, Toulouse's museum of fine art, presents from 21st November 2015, a unique exhibition around fantasy figures in Europe from the 16th to the 18th century. Figures of fantasy have yet to be widely studied as a subject in their own right within art history. The term brings together paintings illustrating the fascination the human face and body held for European art for more than two centuries.


The paintings all focus on human passions and emotions; they offer us an intimacy with their subjects and evoke universal themes, always astonishingly modern, such as the appearance of feelings, the ambivalence of the human being or questions of gender. Far from the art of portraiture and its constraints of commission work or fashion, this exhibition sings the praises of freedom, inventiveness and virtuosity in painting.

 

 

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This is not a Portrait

Exhibition overview

This exhibition covers almost three centuries of European painting, from the beginning of the 16th to the end of the 18th century. Strange as it may seem, this is the very first time such an exhibition has taken place, although it does touch on themes covered in...

Exhibition guide

The exhibition is the chance to enjoy, for the first time, works painted between the early 16th and late 18th centuries from Germany, England, Austria, Spain, Flanders, France, Italy and the Netherlands. The painters belong to a wide range...

Dossier "Ceci n'est pas un portrait"

Les figures de fantaisie, centrées sur les émotions et les passions humaines, offrent au regard une intimité au plus près du sujet et abordent des thèmes universels, toujours étonnament modernes, comme l'apparence des sentiments, l'ambivalence des êtres humains...


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