Paris, Muse Jacquemart-Andr

The Flemish baroque artist Antoon Van Dyck is widely considered as one of Europe's greatest seventeenth portrait painters. This is the first large-scale monographic exhibition in France dedicated to his work and features many loaned paintings and drawings that are being shown in Paris for the first time.

As a young man, Van Dyck was Rubens' first assistant; he died as Sir Anthony Van Dyck in London, where he had been a court portraitist to the English aristocracy during the reign of King Charles I. The exhibition includes early paintings produced in the tradition of Flemish portraiture while revealing inspiration from the Italian Renaissance and a leaning towards a livelier style interested in capturing the movement of the body. Van Dyck also traveled to Italy, becoming the favorite artist of Genoese society before returning to Flanders, where he became known as a "gentleman painter" due to his refined manner of putting his aristocratic clientele as ease. Yet it was in the early 1960s, when Van Dyck arrived at the English court that he truly became a court portraitist, producing an historical record of magnificent portraits of Europe's most powerful figures, including the Stuarts.

October 8, 2008, through January 25, 2009
Muse Jacquemart-Andr
153 boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris
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