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Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will present an exhibition of more than 150 drawings, pastels, paintings and sculptures addressing some of the most important and defining questions of women’s lives in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection will be on view from Oct. 6 to Dec. 31, 2017.

Ranging from spirited, improvisational sketches and figural studies to highly finished drawings of exquisite beauty, the works included in the exhibition are by many of the most prominent artists of the time. They include Antoine Watteau, Nicolas Lancret, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, as well as lesser-known artists both male and female, such as Anne Vallayer-Coster, Gabrielle Capet, François-André Vincent and Philibert-Louis Debucourt.

Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment will be organized into sections that address cultural attitudes and conditions that shaped how women were defined in the 18th and early 19th centuries. These sections include “The Fair Sex: Conceptions and Paradigms of Woman,” “Women in Training,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It?,” “Married with Children,” “Dressing the Part,” “Aging Gracefully,” “Pleasurable Pursuits,” “Private Pleasuresm” and “Work: Leaving it to the Professionals.”