The Morgan Library in New York has a special exhibit entitled David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre open now until December 31, 2011. The exhibit features 80 drawings made between 1789 and 1852 by the best French artists of the day including David, Ingres, and Delacroix. Ordinarily, you’d have to go to Paris to see such a fine collection as they rarely allow such delicate works to travel. There will also be some talks by the curator on a couple of Friday evenings at 7:00: one on October 28 and the other on December 2. This will be the only stop of the exhibition before it returns to the Louvre.
Even if this weren’t such a rare opportunity, the Morgan Library itself is well worth viewing. It houses the personal collection of industrialist J. P. Morgan in a totally gorgeous setting. It is located at 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street and there are always interesting exhibits in addition to the permanent collection.
Today’s expression, faire un dessin (fair uhn desahn), literally means “to make a drawing.” It applies when you have to give a supplementary explanation when someone should have gotten your meaning the first time. It’s the equivalent to, “What am I going to have to do? Draw you a picture?” Since my picture would be limited to stick figures, it just might not help!