French drawings lined up for spring show

DOZENS of French master drawings collected by the National Galleries of Scotland over the last 30 years will be going on display in the spring.

Some 60 works by the likes of Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin, JAD Ingres, and Georges Seurat will be featured in the three-month exhibition, which will cover the period from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century.

Curators at the National Gallery of Scotland, which will be staging the exhibition, believe it will showcase one of the best collections of French drawings held anywhere in the UK.

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Highlights are expected to include an exceptional preparatory drawing by Poussin for his great painting Dance to the Music of Time, and Seurat's Seated Nude, a study for the central figure in his celebrated painting Bathers at Asnires.

The exhibition - French Drawings: Poussin to Seurat - will feature a wide selection of drawings, from studies for ambitious, large-scale paintings, and landscape sketches made in the open-air.

The National Gallery is also playing host to a major retrospective of the career of the long-running Edinburgh artist Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, which is being staged to coincide with her 80th birthday. Dame Elizabeth was the first woman elected to both Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. She was named the Queen's Limner and Painter in Scotland in 2001.