Galerie Grand-Rue
Watercolours, gouaches, prints and drawings from the 18th and 19th centuries

Southern Light

The exhibition of Galerie Grand-Rue takes you on a journey to the South of Europe. Our guides are the traveling painters of the Grand Tour, such as Salomon Corrodi (1810-1892), Carlo Bossoli (1815-1884) and Edward Lear (1812-1888). The drawings of these artists capture the irresistible limpidity of light refracted through the skies and waters of the Mediterranean in a remarkable way.

The Galerie Grand-Rue is especially delighted to have the opportunity to present a series of lithographs by David Roberts (1796-1864) from the rare subscription edition of the series Egypt and Nubia. These beautiful landscapes, hand-coloured by the artist himself, stand as a testimony to the magnificence of the temples of ancient Egypt and the city of Cairo. Lithographed by Louis Haghe (1806-1885), these works are based upon drawings produced by David Roberts during his own voyage on the Nile between 1838 and 1839.

A series of Neapolitan gouaches supplements and further energizes the already considerable quantity of light radiating from the works on show, allowing the focal length of the viewer’s gaze to penetrate through the windows of image and to pass over the pulsating heat of Vesuvius’s crown before finally coming to rest in the Gulf of Naples.