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George de La Tour: as of tomorrow, at The Prado Museum
23 February, 2016
Georges de La Tour- The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs Georges de La Tour Oil on canvas, 97.8 x 156.2 cm Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
The Museo del Prado and Fundación AXA are presenting the most important exhibition to be held in Spain on Georges de La Tour (1593-1652), an artist who was forgotten after his death and was only rediscovered by art historians a hundred years ago. In France, La Tour is considered the most celebrated national artist of the 17th century and one of the most popular in French art of any period, alongside Monet, Renoir and Cézanne.
The present exhibition comprises 31 paintings by La Tour, which is an exceptional number given that only around 40 by his hand survive. They have been loaned from prestigious international institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, of which the latter two museums are lending two of the artist’s most essential works, The Fortune Teller and The Cardsharps, respectively.
Also fundamental for the organisation of this exhibition has been the generous contribution made by provincial French museums, which house an important number of works by La Tour, as well as the fact that the two recent acquisitions by the Prado of works by the artist (Saint Jerome reading a Letter and The blind Hurdy-gurdy Player) have made the Museum an international reference point for the study of this French painter