A second “household word” artist, Jean-Auguste Ingres, supplies the show with an excellent small graphite “Self-Portrait,” rivaled by a brown ink study of the “Head of a Man” by Theodore Gericault.
Outstanding works by other iconic 19th century artists include Edouard Manet’s ink wash of people at “The Railway Restaurant” and Edgar Degas’ black chalk drawing of a “Woman Reading a Book.”
A wolf-eared, almost Batman-like rider on a fire-breathing horse seems more master of, than menaced by a large, moonlit wolf pack, in an eerily fascinating colored chalk drawing by Rosa Bonheur.
No less masterful, however, are works by many of the less well-known artists in the exhibit.
Particularly memorable is a delicately rendered black and white chalk drawing of a “Fashionable Couple Seen from Behind” by Philibert d’Amiens de Ranchicourt.
Also very well-handled is Jean-Antoine Constantin’s detailed ink over black chalk study of “An Ancient Tree Fallen Beside a Stream,” done in about 1814.
The exhibit is highly recommended during its run through Sept. 9 at the OU museum. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Admission $5 for adults; $4 for senior citizens; $3 for children from 6 to 17 years of age; and $2 for OU faculty and staff. Admission is free to museum association members, OU students, military veterans and children five or under.
Call 325-3272 or visit the website at www.ou.edu/fjjma for information.
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