Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France

October 26, 2003 – February 16, 2004

West Building, Ground Floor, Central Galleries

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 102 prints and drawings and 8 books illustrating the development of color printmaking in 18th-century France were shown in this exhibition. The works were by innovative printmakers such as Jakob Christoffel Le Blon, Charles-Melchior Descourtis, Anne Allen, and Louis-Marin Bonnet, who used new techniques to create full-color reproductions of paintings by well-known artists of the time. The exhibition complemented The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting, on view in main floor galleries from October 12, 2003-January 11, 2004.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Margaret Morgan Grasselli, curator of old master drawings, was the curator.

Attendance: 133,212

Catalog: Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth Century France, by Margaret Morgan Grasselli et al. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2003.

Brochure: Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth Century France, by Margaret Morgan Grasselli with Judith A. Walsh. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2003.

Image: Philibert-Louis Debucourt, La Promenade Publique, 1792, etching and wash manner, printed in blue, carmine, dark pink, yellow, and black inks, Widener Collection, 1942.9.2266