Until 17 Oct 2022
Musée des Beaux-arts et d'Archéologie (musée Saint-Loup), 10000 Troyes
Wednesday 20 April to Monday 17 October
Temporary exhibition: A painter's garden: flowers by Amélie Cossard, 1796-1852
Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology (Musée Saint-Loup)
Graphic arts cabinet
In the heart of the painting galleries, the graphic arts cabinet, a hushed setting with subdued light, offers you twice a year a new display of drawings, watercolours, engravings or photographs, thus providing privileged access to these fragile and light-sensitive collections.
Amélie Cossard, who came from a great dynasty of Trojan painters, remains little known. Her drawings of flowers are the only remains of her work preserved in the museum. Could her status as a woman have held her back in her artistic career? Yet her works show real talent, and it seems that her artistic training was not neglected.
Contrary to what one might think, flower painting was largely practised by men at the time: it was essential for the decoration of art objects, which abounded in bourgeois homes. Moreover, at the beginning of the 19th century, women had access to training as painters, exhibited their works in museums, were recognised by the critics, and formed renowned workshops themselves.
Amélie Cossard exhibited a watercolour at the prestigious Salon de peinture et de sculpture de Paris in 1833, and lived in the capital, where artistic careers were made. Her father frequented the leading artists of the time, such as Antoine Gros and David. Can one imagine his daughter being deprived of any training as a painter in this context?
Amélie Cossard also painted portraits, an art form in which women painters were recognised, in the same style as her father. However, her trace is being lost, and the history of her work has yet to be written. The drawings presented in the Graphic Arts Room show garden plants, and it seems that the artist painted them freshly picked, with here and there imperfections and crumpled leaves. Could these be preparatory studies for paintings of bouquets of flowers, which were very fashionable at the time? Far from the scientific rigour of the botanist's plates, these works seem above all to have been produced... for pleasure.
The Musée Saint-Loup is open from Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays), from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm.
Adult admission €5.50 / Free admission for under 18s and students under 25.
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