Pierre-Paul Prud'hon: Napoleon’s Draughtsman
23 June – 15 November 2015
The first UK exhibition to focus on Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, court artist to Napoleon and Joséphine Bonaparte.
Distinctive and unconventional, Prud’hon was an artist engaged in constant experimentation. He pioneered a blend of romantic and neoclassical form, sketching in chalk on thick blue paper. Unlike many of his contemporaries he drew live from the model, allowing him far greater freedom of expression than when working to the specific requests of commissions.
In the 200th anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo, a series of his drawings go on display at Dulwich. Ranging from preparatory studies for interior decoration to allegorical compositions, they reveal Prud'hon as one of the most exceptional talents working in post-Revolutionary Paris.