Speaker: Richard Rand, Associate Director of Collections, J. Paul Getty Museum
The Timken Museum of Art's Lovers in a Park (1758) epitomizes the art of François Boucher, one of the most prolific and successful artists in eighteenth-century France. But what does the painting actually represent, and what would viewers at the time have made of it? Join Richard Rand for a fascinating evening exploring the complexities and contradictions of one of the Timken's most compelling works of art, painted at a key moment in European history.
Richard Rand is the Associate Director for Collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Previously, he served as the Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. He is also a lecturer in art history in the Williams College/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art. He has held curatorial appointments at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1989-1992) and the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (1992-1997).
This lecture and reception is taking place in conjunction with the Timken's extensive onsite conservation of François Boucher's Lovers in a Park - the Museum's first interactive conservation in public view. The innovative project is a collaboration between the Timken and the Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC).