For the first time, the Musée Unterlinden is devoting a retrospective to the draughtsman and miniaturist Jean-Jacques Karpff (1770 – 1829).
The Colmar-born pupil of Jacques Louis David played a key role in the development of the arts in his native city and was one of the subtlest portraitists of his day. In his drawings and monochrome miniatures, Karpff managed to combine an intimate gaze with complete technical mastery and extremely delicate execution. The exhibition will bring together loans from European public institutions and private collections. It will highlight the developments of an artistic career spent between Colmar, Paris and Versailles and reveal the fascinating multiple facets of a body of work that is now largely overlooked, occupying a position between Neoclassicism and Romanticism and between the fine arts and the applied arts.
Curators of the exhibition: Viktoria von der Brüggen, Doctor of Art History, and Raphaël Mariani, Adjunct Curator at the Musée Unterlinden