The Société des Arts genevoise will undertake the study of its collection of paintings

November 23, 2020 5 min

Etienne Dumont

A team under the direction of Frédéric Elsig will study this heritage fund, a partnership between University, MAH and Société des Arts, with the help of private sponsorship.

A salon of the Société des Arts, with in the background the famous portrait of Horace-Bénédict de Saussure by Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours.

Founded in Geneva in 1776, the Société des Arts has classified its archives, which are now partially online.I recently told you about it.It can now move on.The venerable institution (why do we become "Venerable" as he ages?) Is preparing to make an inventory of his works of art.Not the drawings and engravings, long kept in the Museum of Art and History.But the paintings, many of which adorn the walls of the salons of the Athénée.A big job, entrusted to Frédéric Elsig and his students of the University.This program was launched by a conference of the professor on Tuesday November 24.You understood it correctly.It will not take place not in "face-to-face", as they have said for a few months.Amateurs will be able to follow the presentation by computer interposed.You have to like.This is why I met Frédéric before.Or to be more exact, I called him.

Frédéric Elsig, what does this new museum classification represent for you, after the Dutch paintings by MAH or the French paintings at the Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon? It's a rather stimulating project.It will be a question of doing a bit of the same It will all start with a seminar bringing together the students with the participation of Victor Lopes, the museum's restorer.Each work will then be studied separately.There will be around 100 if we stop, as planned, in 1918 year of the end of the war and the death of Ferdinand Hodler.The figure would rise to 200 if we had used the date 1945.But then the quality would become less.We will only take into account the paintings.The drawings would of course deserve another study.But there, the volume to be taken into account would become considerable.

Posted Date: 2020-11-24

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