13 June, 2013

The Angers city invites inhabitants to pay for love

The acquisition of the painting, "L'amour à l'espagnole", realized by Angers city during auctions at Sotheby's in November 2012 for € 240 750, is now the object of a cam
paign of donations. After that purchase, the Angers museums, through that appeal, are looking for sponsors. Their aim is to continue the purchase of others paintings formely own by a famous Angers antiques collector of the XVIIIth century, Pierre-Louis Eveillard de Livois, whose artistic belongings were passed down to some of his heirs still settled in France after the revolution.

The Angers museum of fine-arts has already numerous master works of the French XVIII century painting plans to organize an international exhibition on a characteristical French topic : love and seduction games. That event would gather numerous paintings of French famous artists like Fragonard, Watteau, Greuze or Chardin. "L'amour à l'espagnole" was painted in 1773 by Jean-Baptiste Leprince, a leading student of the great painter François Boucher.

The idea of a campaign for donations had already been implemented after the Royal home of the Angers castle was destroyed by fire. All the sponsors will be invited to a special "private evening" dedicated to the paintings of Leprince and the Livois collection. The cultural policy of Angers city, recently rewarded by a public financial institution, would have an opportunity to demonstrate its balance between low, medium and high income households.

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