barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Curious Beauty

Playful putti, nude nymphs and sinister satyrs adorn the intricate and imaginative ‘Suite de Vases’ by Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot (1727 – 1801).

This display showcases eleven of his beautifully eccentric, neoclassical drawings for ornamental vases, engraved by Benigno Bossi (1727 – 1792). First published as a set of 31 plates in 1764, they combine Petitot’s architectural training and a decorative French aesthetic to create some of the most innovative and attractive vase designs of the 18th century.

Jean-François Millet (1814-1875)

Peasant Returning from the Dunghill

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Pierre Étienne Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867)

Oaks Among Boulders

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Jean Morin (c. 1590-1650)

Omer Talon

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Jean-François Millet (1814-1875)

The Drinking Placein the Forest

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