Tormented looks

Rmn-Grand Palais

Italian Baroque painter Guercino paints himself looking deeply bewildered, appearing to meditate on the vanity of the things of this world.

The outrageously made-up eyes of Goya's old women conceal nothing: youth has long since abandoned them ...

... and time is gearing up to sweep them away altogether.

The colorful public who came in their swathes to a free event gave Boilly a pretext for a caricature teeming with outrageous glances.

From Bruegel to Brauner, we have long been fascinated by exhausted, despairing, and deflated expressions which are no less intense if their bearer has one eye or is blind.

Magritte invites the onlooker to decipher the mystery behind the expression on a face with disrupted eyes.

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Nous tenons à remercier,
-pour la conception, l’iconographie, la rédaction et la coordination du projet Rmn-Grand Palais: Cécile Maisonneuve (Docteur en histoire de l’art, Chargée de mission, conseil scientifique), Nathalie Gathelier (Conférencière des musées nationaux), Annie Madec (iconographe), Françoise L.-Peissel (chef de projet) de la Rmn-Grand Palais.
-pour les œuvres reproduites : les institutions muséales des collections des musées de France représentées par l’Agence photographique de la Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais:
Paris, musée du Louvre; Dijon, musée Magnin; Beauvais, MUDO, musée de l'Oise; Rennes, musée des Beaux-Arts.

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