Professor Ewa Lajer-Burcharth is delivering a keynote lecture titled "Médium et Plaisir: Fragonard à Tivoli" at the Musée du Louvre. The lecture, inaugurating the Festival d’Histoire de l’Art at Fontainebleau (June 4-6, 2021), will be streamed on the Louvre YouTube channel today at 18:30 (12:30pm ETC). It will be available for replay on the same channel afterwards.
On Saturday June 5th at 3 - 4:30 PM, (9 - 10:30am ETC), she is also participating in a panel on "Qui est l’objet du plaisir? Regard masculin et alternatives féministes" ("Object of pleasure: Male Gaze and Feminist Alternatives") where she will give a presentation on contemporary women artists titled "Le régard detourné" ("The Diverted Gaze")
"Fragonard’s extraordinary series of sanguines from Villa d’Este in Tivoli has been considered one of the finest ever. Marking a decisive moment in the career of the young artist, these works are not, however, simply impressive in their quality but they offer a whole new approach to the medium. It can be said that they inaugurated the modern concept and practice of drawing in 18th century France. Focusing on the circumstances in which they were made and their specific visual, technical and material aspects, the conference will examine the ways in which Fragonard's remarkable work invite us to rethink drawing as a fundamentally social act. What was the role of pleasure in such an act? Who did it please? And what was their purpose? These are some of the questions the conference will address."