A Hundred Years of Sculpture, 1750 - 1850
From 2nd March 2002 to 9th September 2002
The Musée des Augustins possesses one of the most important collections of sculpture of any museum in France. Famous for its exceptional medieval section, it also contains numerous more recent masterpieces, from the Renaissance to the early 20th Century. Some sixty sculptures are shown here, all of which have been restored to a lesser or greater extent.
They document the history of sculpture from Lemoyne to David of Angers and include indisputable masterpieces, ending with rare and precious works by Félicie de Fauveau, one of the few 19th Century sculptresses, Julie Charpentier being another. This period extended across numerous political regimes, from the reign of Louis XV through that of Louis-Philippe to the beginning of the Second Republic. It was also a period of profound stylistic changes: after the Rococo style, Neoclassicism triumphed then progressively gave way to other forms of expression, both romantic and realist.
This exhibition, open from 2 March to 9 September 2002, is part of a programme of discovery developed for the public since 1998. It includes works that are not able to be permanently exhibited due to lack of space, and are usually kept in the Museum's storerooms. In 1998, "Reserved for the Public" presented 17th and 18th Century paintings and in 1999, "Reserved for the Public 2" offered a new panorama of 19th Centu