The exquisite drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (1758-1823) demonstrate some of the most fluent and delicate figural studies in the history of drawing. They are at once romantic and neoclassical in style, a unique blend which caught the attention of Napoleon Bonaparte during his reign. On distinctive blue paper and with chalk in hand, Prud’hon’s delicate designs for paintings of allegories and myths, interior decoration and royal festivities encapsulate the refined splendour and pomp of an iconic French era. In the first UK display of his work, Dulwich Picture Gallery will reveal Prud’hon as an artist who emerged as one of the most exceptional talents working in post-Revolutionary Paris. Timed to coincide with London’s commemorations surrounding the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, ‘Prud’hon: Napoleon’s Draughtsman’ (23 June – 15 November 2015) will present a selection of some of the draughtsman’s best work.

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