Nan Goldin’s photography among Old Master paintings at the Louvre

The Louvre has invited French film, play and opera director Patrice Chéreau to take a fresh look at its collection and hang his eclectic choice of “Faces and Bodies”. Chéreau took the liberty to introduce some of American artist Nan Goldin’s intimate color photography alongside works by Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856), Tintoretto (1518-1594), Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) as well as works by Pierre Bonnard (1967-1947) and Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) borrowed from the musée d’Orsay for the occasion.

A small, ecclectic mix that provides a good reason to saunter through the Louvre’s collection of 17th and 18th century French paintings and admire François Boucher’s naked Odalisque‘s bottom – apparently his wife’s – painted in 1745 before viewing Siobhan’s naked one in a bathtub as photographed in 1992 by Nan Goldin.

The exhibition “Les Visages et les corps” curated by Patrice Chéreau is on view at the Louvre until January 2011.

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One Response to “Nan Goldin’s photography among Old Master paintings at the Louvre”

  1. Photographer Nan Goldin’s best shots – from The Guardian « Oxford School of Photography Says:

    […] more. But the retrospective at the Whitney in 1996, the last book I did, The Beautiful Smile, and my show at the Louvre were real high […]

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