Gilles-Marie Oppenord & Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier

BOUNTIFUL INVENTION: Drawings by Gilles-Marie Oppenord (1672-1742) and Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier (1695-1750), Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, until 23rd October 2016

 

Gilles-Marie Oppenord, Design for a salon chimney-piece, presumed to be for the Palais-Royal, Paris, c 1717; Photo Mike Fear (c) The National Trust, Waddesdon

Gilles-Marie Oppenord,
Design for a salon chimney-piece, presumed to be for the Palais-Royal, Paris, c 1717;
Photo Mike Fear (c) The National Trust, Waddesdon

Oppenord and Meissonnier are celebrated exponents of the Rococo Style that reached its apogee in France in the reign of Louis XV.  In this exhibition, chiefly drawn from Waddesdon’s own collection – there is a loan each from the Courtauld Gallery and the V&A – we get a chance to understand why they are held in such high esteem and why their designs were so eagerly sought after even in their own time.

Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier, Design for the lid of a gold box; c 1732-c 1733; The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) . Photo Mike Fear © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier,
Design for the lid of a gold box; c 1732-c 1733;
The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) .
Photo Mike Fear © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

On view there are sketches and highly finished drawings as well as working drawings and copies for use in printmaking. Their subject matters range from architectural and ecclesiastical subjects to designs for box lids, interiors and so forth.  Some were pure whimsy but many others were created by all types of craftsmen into real and usable entities.

Gilles-Marie Oppenord, Design for a garden pavilion, for the Elector of Cologne, c 1720. The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust). Photo Mike Fear © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Gilles-Marie Oppenord,
Design for a garden pavilion, for the Elector of Cologne, c 1720.
The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust).
Photo Mike Fear © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Oppenord’s and Meissonnier’s designs spread throughout Europe thanks to the prints made of their drawings and they remained a source of inspiration for successive generations.

Juste-Aurèle-Meissonnier Design-for-a-Monstrance, 1727 Waddesdon, The-Rothschild Collection

Juste-Aurèle-Meissonnier
Design-for-a-Monstrance, 1727
Waddesdon, The-Rothschild Collection

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