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Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie Antoinette
June 30 – September 22, 2002
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 72, 73, 74

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: In this first retrospective of the work of 18th-century French painter Anne Vallayer-Coster, 42 paintings were presented. The exhibition included examples of the artist's arrangements of bouquets, flower studies, other still life arrangements, miniatures, trompe l'oeil imitations of sculptural reliefs, and portraits. 6 paintings by contemporary artists, including Jean Siéon Chardin and Henri-Horace Roland Delaporte, and a roll-top desk of the period by Jean-Henri Riesener from the Widener Collection of the National Gallery of Art were also included in the exhibition.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Eik Kahng, formerly with the Dallas Museum of Art, was the exhibition curator.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 72,417

Catalog: Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie Antoinette, by Eik Kahng and Marianne Roland Michel, with contributions from Colin B. Bailey, Claire Barry, Laurent Hugues, and Melissa Hyde. New Haven: Yale University Press in association with the Dallas Museum of Art, 2002.

Other Venues: Dallas Museum of Art, October 13, 2002–January 13, 2003
Frick Collection, New York, January 21–March 23, 2003

Image: Jean Siméon Chardin, Still Life with Game, probably 1750s, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1952.5.36