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What is a French Oil Sketch?
Qu'est-ce Qu'un Croquis de Peinture à l'Huile Français?
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History of the Collection In 2000 with the generous support of the Ahmanson Foundation, LACMA acquired forty-six of the finest examples from the important collection of 300 French oil sketches assembled over a thirty-year period by Dr. Andrew S. Ciechanowiecki, the now retired director of Heim Gallery in London. LACMA’s Chief Curator of European Art, J. Patrice Marandel, who first published the collection in 1975, made the selection based on the aesthetic quality, historical importance and relevance of the works to the collection of French paintings already in the museum, including an additional seven French oil sketches. Originally published in 1975 in the catalogue of a traveling exhibition by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, French Oil Sketches from an English Collection: Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, the sketches were subsequently included in French Oil Sketches and the French Academic Tradition, published by the American Federation of Arts to accompany a traveling exhibition of the Ciechanowiecki collection of oil sketches in 1994-95 and republished in 2003 as French Oil Sketches from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 17th century – 19th Century, the catalogue of an exhibition at the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska. The present online catalogue, made possible by the generosity of the Kress Foundation, updates and expands the previous research on a group of paintings selected from the collection to illustrate the various ways in which sketches were used.
We wish to thank the Kress Foundation for their support of the research, writing and presentation of the present online catalogue, French Oil Sketches.
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