Emirates news agency – Louvre Abu Dhabi to welcome 59 new loans, 56 new acquisitions in its galleries in coming months


ABOU DHABI, November 4, 2021 (WAM) – Louvre Abu Dhabi will welcome 59 new loans and 56 new acquisitions to its galleries over the coming months, continuing to enrich the museum’s universal narrative by sparking new dialogues around a shared history and cultural ties.

The latest acquisitions installed are two paintings: A Girl Blowing on a Brazier by Georges de La Tour (1646-1648) and Le Boulon by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. These two remarkable works of art were chosen to be part of the museum’s world-class collection for their outstanding representation of the aesthetic influence and historical significance of art.

Georges de La Tour was a French Baroque painter known for his meditative candlelight scenes, and this is the latest in his “night” series. Influenced by Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro style, his paintings had a palpable sense of wonder and stillness. A Girl Blowing on a Brazier is a late masterpiece by the artist and is part of the very small body of paintings attributed to the artist, which includes just over 48 works, and is one of the few paintings with a weak and discernible signature by the artist.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was a French painter and engraver whose late Rococo style was distinguished by remarkable exuberance and energy. He was one of the most prolific painters of the Ancien Régime. He showed a great talent for art very early on and was sent to study with the Rococo painter François Boucher. The painting is considered one of his most famous, believed to be one of three in a series chronicling a romance between the two subjects.

As the first universal museum in the Arab world, Louvre Abu Dhabi has expanded its permanent collection since its opening in 2017, with more than 600 works on display at all times, and exhibited in dialogue with regional and international loans. This means that the display of its permanent collection is constantly evolving, as new loans and acquisitions are installed in rotation.

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s semi-permanent collection is presented by theme rather than strict chronology or geography, allowing visitors to experience global cultural connections and creativity across geographies and time. The dialogues between the works reveal how much we all have more in common than we realize.

WAM / Lina ibrahim / MOHD AAMIR


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