On view at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon from May 19 to September 5, 2021.
Auguste, Hippolyte, and Paul Flandrin were among the most important artists in Lyon in the 19th century. The three brothers are well represented at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon with a collection of references that includes nearly 200 works of art.
This exhibition is an invitation to discover their work considering recent research, bringing together paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and photographs. More than half of these works are displayed for the first time. The exhibition is not organized chronologically according to their careers but rather in nine themes that intertwine the creations of the three artists. In this way, the exhibition reveals the fascinating aspect of their constant collaboration, working collectively on their respective projects, such as art studios at the Renaissance. An important focus is made on the creative process, as an open door to the studio, to discover the different progressive stages of the works of art.
The choice of the themes does not intend to be exhaustive to summarize these three careers but to shed light on their approach, to underline their influences on each other and their specificities. It is also a way to represent them in their time and in their close relationship to their master: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, to whom they remained attached throughout their lives.
This exhibition also echoes the recent restoration of the decorations painted by Hippolyte Flandrin for the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. The City of Paris carried out this large-scale project between 2016 and 2020. The restoration made it possible to rediscover the dazzling colors used in the interior decorations and to reconsider this major achievement of the art of the 19th century.
FRAME supported the creation of an immersive virtual tour of the interior of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church which provides a three-dimensional view of the remarkable Hippolyte Flandrin decorations in great detail. Discover the decorations painted by Hippolyte Flandrin for the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés here.