Interweaves biographical information about 5 renowned French artists - Nicolas Poussin, Antoine Watteau, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. This book presents over 260 illustrations, and explores drawing as a site of reflection, the space between the idea of a painted image and its realization on canvas.
Pierre Rosenberg has been president and director of the Musee du Louvre since 1994. A member of the Academie francaise, he has published extensively on painting and drawing of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and has organized numerous exhibitions throughout the world. In collaboration with Louis-Antoine Prat, he has published catalogues raisonnes of the drawings of Poussin and Watteau and is undertaking similar publications for Fragonard, David, and Ingres.