Posts Tagged ‘Wallace Collection’

Louis XIV and his heirs: sic transit gloria mundi

You can see this painting, formerly attributed to Nicolas de Largillière, at The Wallace Collection in London. It is a most interesting work, not as much by its artistic value (it is probably a copy of aLargillière original by a lesser Court painter) but because of what it tells us about the last years of […]



Another take on the Boucher-Chardin exhibition at the Wallace

Brian Sewell is right in all he says in the Evening Standard about this exhibition. Yes, the “study of teapots” subtext given by the curators to paintings such as these Chardins is absurd, and can only be explained by the need to fill the space dedicated to the show. Yes, the dimly lit basement of […]



Chardin La toilette

A follow-up on Boucher and Chardin at the Wallace

I have now seen the Boucher & Chardin exhibition twice and still can’t decide what it was about: was it tea in the 18th century? French versus English way of life? Chardin versus Boucher? All three, I believe, possibly more. In any case, it was too much for a two-room show.  Yet those shortcomings could […]



Chardin Woman taking tea

Boucher versus Chardin

The Wallace Collection in London is a dream come true for any lover of 18th century art, and worth a long, leisurely visit. Or rather make it many long, leisurely visits. Now, about the current exhibition there, titled Boucher and Chardin: Masters of Modern Manners. The first thing that surprised me was its size: it fits […]