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Chateau de Versailles

Exhibition Detail
Avenue de Paris
78008 Versailles

May 16th, 2012 - September 9th, 2012
May 16th, 2012 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Attributed to Char“Gondola”  , Charles Nicolas DodinCharles Nicolas Dodin,
Attributed to Char“Gondola” ,
1756, potpourri vase with green bottom
© State Hermitage Museum / N. Antonova / I. Regentova
, Charles Nicolas DodinCharles Nicolas Dodin
© EPV / Ch. Milet
, Charles Nicolas DodinCharles Nicolas Dodin
© EPV / Ch. Milet
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Suburbs, les Banlieues, La Defense
+33 (0)
Every day except Monday 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. last admission: 6:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Closing cash

From 16 May to 9 September 2012, the palace of Versailles presents the exhibition The Splendour of painting on porcelain. Charles Nicolas Dodin and the Vincennes-Sèvres Manufactory in the 18th century in the apartments of Madame de Maintenon and in the King’s Guardroom.

This exhibition is consecrated to one of the most gifted painters of the Royal Manufactory of porcelain in the 18th century, Charles Nicolas Dodin, whose works during his lifetime and in the following century were sought after by the greatest collectors of porcelain. The exhibition seeks to highlight both the artistic evolution and the diversity of the sources of inspiration of Charles Nicolas Dodin.

During forty-nine years spent working at the Manufactory, Dodin contributed to the most outstanding commissions produced for the kings and their entourage, in particular the mistresses of Louis XV, and for foreign rulers such as Catherine II of Russia. Through these prestigious works, the exhibition retraces the enlightening artistic evolution of Dodin’s career, as clearly signposted as that of a contemporary easel painter.

It also throws light on the diversity of Dodin’s sources of inspiration by presenting engravings and paintings that inspired him. These works show the very profound correspondences which existed between the arts (paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, medals, ceramics) in the second half of the 18th century and the extraordinary artistic emulation that they fostered.

Dodin was essentially, as was said in the 18th century, a painter "in miniature", or a painter of “figures”, which meant that his talents were devoted to the most prestigious genre in the hierarchy of the Manufactory. His works were eagerly sought to be included in the most celebrated collections of works of art, notably in the palace of Versailles, where they still featured a century later.


Cette exposition sera consacrée à un des peintres les plus doués de la Manufacture royale de porcelaine au XVIIIe siècle, Charles Nicolas Dodin (1734-1803), dont Alexandre Brongniart disait au siècle suivant qu’il avait été le meilleur peintre de figures de Sèvres dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle.

L’exposition retracera l’évolution artistique de Dodin et présentera le raffinement et la diversité de ses talents. Elle témoignera de la diversité de ses sources d’inspiration et des correspondances très profondes qui existaient à son époque entre les arts, peinture, dessin et estampe. Ses qualités précocement reconnues lui valurent d’apporter sa contribution aux plus importantes commandes que reçut alors la Manufacture : garnitures de vases pour le roi et son entourage, plaques des meubles exécutés par Martin Carlin pour Mme Du Barry, services de table de Catherine II de Russie et de Louis XVI.

Dodin fut essentiellement, comme on disait au XVIIIe siècle, un peintre "en miniature" ou un peintre de figures, c’est à dire qu’il exerça ses talents dans le genre le plus élevé dans la hiérarchie en vigueur à la Manufacture royale. Dès leur exécution dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle, les œuvres de Dodin figurèrent dans les plus grandes collections d’œuvres d’art contemporaines, notamment au château de Versailles, et y demeurèrent au siècle suivant.

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