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Canson is sponsoring the restoration and analysis of Eugène Delacroix's notebook "des Pyrénées", and the album "Disegni di A. Pollaiulo (?) 1429-1498"

11 May 2016

Two albums kept at the Louvre Museum have been restored and studied thanks to Canson's® patronage. They have just been published as fine art books each comprised of an exact reproduction along with an analysis written by the museum curators.

The notebook called, "des Pyrénées", classified as a "national treasure" in 2003 and acquired by the Louvre in 2004, is now the subject of the first ever complete reproduction. It was begun by Delacroix in July 1845, when he went seeking a cure at Eaux Bonnes, a thermal spa in the current Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Inspired by the spectacle of the mountains, the artist covered his pages with landscape studies, sometimes enhanced with watercolors, and reproduced the traditional costumes worn by the peasants of the Ossau Valley. This notebook is one of the most remarkable of the Louvre's Delacroix collection.

Eugène Delacroix, Notebook "des Pyrénées". Reproduction of the notebook and analysis by Marie-Pierre Salé.

Eugène Delacroix. Carnet « des Pyrénées », 1845
Coédition : Musée du Louvre éditions/ Officina Libraria
2 VOLUMES EN COFFRET :
I. Le carnet
128 p., relié, 12,2 x 20,3 cm, 128 pl. coul.
II. L’étude
96 p., broché, 12,2 x 20,3 cm, 24 ill. coul.
Prix : 40 €

 

In 1922, Léon Bonnat, renowned portraitist and collector, bequeathed to the Louvre a collection of twenty-three drawings entitled "Disegni di A. Pollaiulo (?) 1429-1498". Despite the title of the album, historians questioned its author and have favored, instead of the famous painter and sculptor, the name of a Florentine who worked with precious metals and niello and who passed into posterity as having invented the art of engraving: Maso Finiguerra. His album appears today as one of the most beautiful studies from live models that an artist of the 15th century ever produced.

The album "Disegni di A. Pollaiuolo (?) 1429-1498" Reproduction and analysis by Laura Angelucci and Dominique Cordellier.

L’Album des « Disegni di Antonio Pollaiuolo »
Coédition : Musée du Louvre éditions/ Officina Libraria
2 VOLUMES EN COFFRET :
I. Le carnet
48 p., relié, 19,7 x 30,9 cm, 24 pl. coul.
II. L’étude
32 p., broché, 19,7 x 30,9 cm, 12 ill. coul.
Prix : 29 €

 

These two albums are the first of a program of nine restorations and analyses which will take place until 2018.