Exposition temporaire : “Claude Gillot. Comédies, fables & arabesques” au musée national Magnin

Claude Gillot (1673-1722), a master of Antoine Watteau and a draughtsman and engraver in the final years of the Grand Siècle, owed his reputation to the fantasy and originality of his works, which foreshadowed the freedom of tone and morals of the Regency period (1715-1723). Parodies, scenes of witchcraft, farces and fairground theatre made him an artist of satire, comedy and the performing arts.

At the heart of his work is a rich graphic corpus showing his taste for the Comédie-Italienne, with its pantomimes, acrobats and transvestite figures. A costume designer and decorator for the Opéra from 1712, Gillot also worked as an ornamentalist with Claude III Audran (1658-1734) on private interiors.

This exhibition brings together around a hundred works (paintings, drawings and prints) to retrace his career. In addition to numerous loans from the Musée du Louvre, there are generous contributions from the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Langres, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Paris, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes, the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, the Musée Jacquemart-André in Paris, and private collectors.

Initially scheduled to run from 9 November to 26 February 2024 at the Musée du Louvre, the exhibition had to close on 11 November. It is a great pleasure for the Musée National Magnin to be able to give a second life to this project and welcome the works of this artist.

Exhibition organised by the Musée national Magnin, Dijon, GrandPalaisRmn, Paris, based on an original project by the Musée du Louvre and with its exceptional support.

General curators :

Sophie Harent, Head Curator of Heritage, Director of the Musée National Magnin

Scientific curators :

Hélène Meyer, General Curator of Heritage, Department of Graphic Arts, Musée du Louvre

Xavier Salmon, General Curator of Cultural Heritage, Director of the Department of Graphic Arts, the Edmond de Rothschild Collection and Chalcography, Musée du Louvre


  • Exhibition
  • Art and shows
  • Painting
  • Other cultural theme


From 21 March to 26 June