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Deputy Director of The Frick Lectures on French Art at the Kimbell Art Museum

Colin B. Bailey, associate director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection in New York, will present a free lecture titled “ ‘When one works for the Marquise, there are things one cannot refuse or neglect’: Boucher’s Venus as Protectress of the Arts of Music and Drawing,” on Friday, June 4, at 6 p.m. in the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium.

No artist defined the luxury, sensuousness, and grace of France during the reign of Louis XV as did François Boucher. The royal mistress, Madame de Pompadour, was his most demanding and discriminating patron. This free lecture explores a selection of works she commissioned from him, including a “Guest of Honor” on loan to the Kimbell. Bailey will also discuss a series of Boucher’s paintings in the Museum’s collection, originally made for the wealthy Parisian financier Bergeret de Frouville.

Before his tenure at The Frick Collection, Bailey served as deputy director and chief curator at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and as senior curator at the Kimbell Art Museum, among other museum posts. He has been responsible for an impressive list of catalogues and books, and, in 2004, he was the winner of the Mitchell Prize for the History of Art in the “Best Art Book” category for his critically acclaimed Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris.

Kimbell Art Museum

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