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Presentation of new acquisitions by Suvée and Ducq

8 June 2021

Musea Brugge has once again further enriched its core collection of Neo-Classical works, this time with a drawing by Joseph-Benoît Suvée and a painting by Joseph-François Ducq. Both acquisitions can be associated with other works by the same artists, which sheds a unique light on the artistic process.

2021 06 08 Nieuweaanwinsten

Musea Brugge has further enhanced its art patrimonium with an early drawing by Joseph-Benoît Suvée (Bruges 1743 – Rome 1807) and a painting by Joseph-François Ducq (Ledegem 1762 – Bruges 1829). The drawing of St. Sebastian was made in 1774 by Suvée, a native of Bruges, during his study trip as a ‘pensionnaire’ at the ‘Académie de France’ in Rome. Two years earlier, Suvée had won the highly coveted Rome Prize, as a result of which he was able to spend the following two years in the city. Ducq’s painting of 'Venus brings Paris to Helen’s apartment in Sparta’ is a refined work that was originally part of the Bruges collection of Baron Anselme de Peellaert. Both works were recently purchased in France from Galerie Michel Descours.

2021 06 08 aanwinst Augustinus Van den Berghe Heilige Sebastiaan
2021 06 08 aanwinst Joseph Francois Ducq Venus introduceert Paris in het appartement van Helena in Spar
2021 06 08 Joseph Benoit Suvee Heilige Sebastiaan 1774
Joseph Ducq Compositie en figuurstudies voor het schilderij Venus introduceert Paris in het appartem
0000 GRO2088 II kopie

Foto 1: Augustinus Van den Berghe, St. Sebastiaan, 1780-1790, oil on canvas, 193 x 129,5 cm, (Musea Brugge, inv. 0000.GRO0131.I)
(copy of a painting by Suvée from the year 1777)

Foto 2: Joseph-François Ducq, Venus brings Paris to Helen’s apartment in Sparta, 1806, oil on canvas, 63 x 48 cm
(signed and dated on the pedestal: ‘J. Ducq. FAT.1806’)

Foto 3: Joseph-Benoît Suvée, St. Sebastian, 1774, Pen and brown ink, brown wash, highlights in white gouache on paper, 41.5 x 26 cm. Signed and dated in the bottom left corner ‘J.B. Suvée f.1774’

Foto 4/5: Joseph Ducq, Study for Paris and Compositional and figure studies for the painting ‘Venus brings Paris to Helen’s
apartment in Sparta’, ca. 1806 (drawing in black chalk, 50.7 x 38.5 cm, inv. 0000.GRO2088.II and drawing in pencil and pen with brown ink, 18.4 x 16.8 cm, inv. 0000.GRO2514.II).