The Musée des Beaux-Arts of Tours presents the first retrospective dedicated to Joseph-Benoît Suvée

Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Musée des Beaux-Arts of Tours presents the first retrospective dedicated to Joseph-Benoît Suvée

The Musée des Beaux-Arts of Tours, in France, presents, from 21 October 2017 to 22 January 2018, the first retrospective dedicated to the Flemish Neo-Classical artist Joseph-Benoît Suvée.

The Musée des Beaux-Arts of Tours presents the first retrospective dedicated to Joseph-Benoît Suvée

The Musée des Beaux-Arts of Tours, in France, presents, from 21 October 2017 to 22 January 2018, the first retrospective dedicated to the Flemish Neo-Classical artist Joseph-Benoît Suvée.

This first retrospective dedicated to the Flemish Neo-Classical artist Joseph-Benoît Suvée, will propose around on hundred paintings and drawings from private collections and prestigious public institutions in France and internationally, including the Musée du Louvre, Musée Carnavalet, Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et Trianon and even the Musée Groeninge in Bruges.

JOSEPH-BENOÎT SUVÉE (1743-1807)

Born in Bruges in 1743, Joseph-Benoît Suvée played an extremely important role in France during the second half of the 18th century in the development of Neoclassicism. In 1771, he obtained the Grand Prix, France’s biggest art prize at the time, beating David who maintained a tenacious hatred for him after this. The contest marked Suvée’s superiority over David for the first time. After a stay in Italy from 1772 to 1778, he came back to Paris where he took on the role of history painter at the Royal Academy of France. Suvée exhibited regularly at the Salon de Paris from 1779 to 1796.

An excellent teacher, he was named director of the Académie de France in Rome in 1792, a post that he occupied again after the years of revolutionary torment. When the Palais Mancini, was ransacked during the riots in 1793, it was at the Villa Médicis where the academy was reestablished. As a result, Suvée became the first director of this renowned establishment. The majority of the artworks will be presented for the first time.

The Musée des Beaux-Arts of Tours can be counted as one of the most important museums in France. It houses an exceptional collection (Rembrandt, Perroneau, Delacroix, Degas, Monet, Bourdelle, Rodin but also Calder, Brings, Poliakoff or Zao Wou Ki). 

Image on top: The Vestal Tuccia carrying the sieve full of water to prove her innocence, 1785 ? Tours, Musée des Beaux-Arts © MBA Tours , D. Couineau

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