Power and Grace : Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Aan Jordaens
A collection of drawings by Flemish Baroque artists
Accompanying an exhibition of spectacular drawings by the giants of Flemish Baroque art from the superlative collection of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, Power and Grace demonstrates the crucial but very different roles played by drawings in oeuvres of Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens, and highlights the distinctive features of their graphic styles and the impact they had on each other.
In 1621, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) wrote a letter to William Trumbull, the English diplomat and political agent to King James I, in which he described a large painting of a lion hunt that he had just completed, "As you rightly observe, such things have more grace and power in a large picture than in a small one ... because the large size of a picture gives one much more courage to express one's ideas clearly and realistically." Rubens here casually disclosed what lay at the heart of his artistic intentions - his constant quest to achieve in his compositions the equilibrium between power and grace. The same can be said of Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) and Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), whose lives and careers were markedly intertwined with and influenced by the senior artist. Just how differently they went about achieving this effect can best be seen in their drawings, for it is there that we see the artists thinking, evolving, and creating.
- Author: Ilona Van Tuinen, Annette and Oscar de la Renta Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library & Museum
- Paperback: 80 pages | 60 colour illustrations
- Date published: January 2018
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1911300373
- Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 20.9 cm