Stubbs, Gericault, Degas
From 16 June to 14 October 2018, the Domaine de Chantilly will host the first exhibition devoted to the birth and the development of horse racing painting. Indeed, approximately 70 artworks (paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and films) will illustrate the way this theme is used as a depiction of modernity, in both England and France, from the late 18th to the late 19th century. The exhibition revolves around three major artists: George Stubbs, Théodore Géricault, and Edgar Degas.
The exhibition opens with the works of a major painter, who was little known in France: George Stubbs (1724-1806). The author of anatomical drawings (Royal Academy, London) that revolutionized the representation of the horse, he provided the ‘sporting art’ with its first great masterpieces. His portraits of horses and galloping scenes form the eloquent starting point of this exhibition.
The influence of the English ‘sporting art’ on French artists
The exhibition continues with the works of Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), a French painter and avid horseman. Trained in London, he brought back a painting tradition, which at that time was unknown in France, a tradition best illustrated in his majestic Epsom Derby, an exceptional loan from the Musée du Louvre. Bringing together some twenty or so works by the artist, the exhibition provides an overview
of painting in the late 1830s in France.
The third part of the exhibition revolves around Edgar Degas (1834-1917), a painter attentive to the world around him and passionate about racing as an artistic motif. He made this the subject of several drawings, sculptures and paintings.
In his wake, the works of Edouard Manet, Gustave Moreau, Ernest Meissonier, Paul Dubois and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec complete this panorama.
The exhibition ends with a white space, where the image finally comes to life. The movement of the horse goes hand-in-hand with the birth of the cinema: the study of a horse in movement called for an inventiveness and speed never before attained.
This remarkable ensemble of artists and artworks around the theme of horse racing has been made possible thanks to the exceptional loan of artworks from the Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Royal Academy, etc.
A scenography inspired by the movement of horses
The scenography, designed by Nathalie Crinière (Dior, couturier du rêve, Musée des Arts décoratifs, 2017; Barbie, Musée des Arts décoratifs, 2016; Biennale des Antiquaires, Grand Palais, 2016, etc.) provides the theme with a striking dynamism.
The interplay of curves and straight lines evoke the momentum of the galloping horse and the track of a racecourse. The transparencies and openings in the exhibition layout illustrate the influences between the different artists. While the sculptural works provide the artworks with an overall sense of dynamism or movement, the subject truly comes to life at the end of the exhibition through the medium of film and the birth of the cinema.
A veritable reference work for the curious-minded, professionals and lovers of horse racing, this publication is a highly knowledgeable source on the topic.
Henri Loyrette, Honorary President-Director of the Musée du Louvre
Christophe Donner, writer and journalist
In collaboration with: Aurore Bayle-Loudet, Head of Collections at the Musée du Cheval, Domaine de Chantilly
Location: Jeu de Paume on the Domaine de Chantilly
Tickets and rates:
Exhibition included (with no extra cost) in the Domain ticket.
Domain ticket (château, gardens, great stables + exhibition): 17€ Full rate / 10€ Reduced rate
Exhibition ticket + gardens: 10€ Full rate / 6€ Reduced rate
Car park: 5€
A lavishly published by Flammarion, explores the subject of horse racing in art in all its forms.