A Swede in Paris in the 18th Century

Carl Gustaf Tessin’s art collection, now owned by Nationalmuseum, documents how artistic styles and tastes evolved in Paris at the height of the Rococo period. This autumn, an exclusive selection of works from the collection is on show at the Louvre.

François Boucher, The Triumph of Venus. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Portrait of Titia van Uylenburch. Jacques-André-Joseph Aved Count Carl Gustaf Tessin. The images are cropped.

François Boucher, The Triumph of Venus. Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Portrait of Titia van Uylenburch. Jacques-André-Joseph Aved, Portrait of Count Carl Gustaf Tessin. The images are cropped.

20 October 2016–16 January 2017
On show at Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Un Suédois à Paris au 18e siècle.
La collection Tessin.

The 18th century marked a peak in the artistic relationship between France and Sweden. French art was very influential in Sweden, and conversely a Swedish count, Carl Gustaf Tessin, played a significant role in the artistic life of the French capital for a brief but intense period.

Tessin served as Swedish ambassador in Paris from 1739 to 1742. In this role, he was involved in top-secret political negotiations, but the enduring legacy of his time in France was the extensive contacts he made in the art world and the many works of art he acquired.

No other personal art collection assembled in 18th-century Paris remains as intact as Tessin’s, which documents how artistic styles and tastes evolved in the city at the height of the Rococo period. The collection now belongs to Nationalmuseum, where it is one of the crown jewels.

An exclusive selection of 120 notable works from the Tessin collection is on show at the Louvre in autumn 2016.

A lavishly illustrated catalogue has been published to coincide with the exhibition, featuring various articles about Tessin and his collection based on new research.

This co-production by Nationalmuseum and the Louvre is the first of its kind for many years. The exhibition will move on, in a modified version, to the Morgan Library in New York, where it goes on show in spring 2017.

Find out more at The Louvre website

Below: Conservators at the museum preparing the pantings before sending them to the Louvre.

Konstverk som förbereds inför avfärd till Paris och Tessinutställningen där.

I konservatorsateljén. Förberedelser inför utlån till Le Louvre.

En målning i konservatorsateljén inför utlån till Le Louvre.


VISITING ADRESS:

Art Library and Museum Archives,
Holmamiralens väg 2,
Skeppsholmen, Stockholm 

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