Paul Gavarni (1804-1866): a Depicter of Worldliness – Art Show – Events in Bucharest


Art Show Paul Gavarni (1804-1866): a Depicter of Worldliness

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 – 10:00 – drawings, engravings and cartoons


National Museum of Art


Period: 24 April 2013 - 29 September 2013 
Location: European Art Gallery, 1st floor 

The Cabinet of Drawings and Prints of the National Museum of Art of Romania presents the exhibition Paul Gavarni (1804-1866): a Depicter of Worldliness in the rooms dedicated to the display of graphic art in the European Art Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Mariana Vida, specialist of the National Museum of Art of Romania.

The exhibition presents a selection of 55 works, representative for the creation of French artist Paul Gavarni (1804-1866) – author of drawings, engravings and cartoons, particularly appreciated during the 19th century, but too quickly forgotten after his death. Most of these works come from the collection of the former Toma Stelian Museum, excepting those from the Masques et visages album, coming from the Anastase Simu Museum.

Paul Gavarni is the author of an impressive lithographed creation of almost 2,700 pieces, without counting his drawings, water colors, wood engravings and steel etching – amounting to 8,000 works. The Cabinet of Drawings and Prints of the National Museum of Art of Romania holds about 1,000 of his works.  

This selection follows chronologically three major stages of Gavarni’s career, distinguished by obvious stylistic changes. Between 1824 and 1830 Gavarni became famous as a gifted author of fashion drawings and designer of carnival costumes. Later, between 1831 and 1850, he illustrated a vast human comedy, with characters drawn from the bourgeois environment, from the world of theatre, from the street, from the masked balls. Finally, between 1852 and 1866, after experiencing disappointment in the Restoration and the Second French Empire, he started emphasizing in his art the grotesque character nature of human nature.