Charles Coypel At the Frick: Impressionism’s Prehistory?

Blake Gopnik,
Monday, April 20, 2015


THE DAILY PIC: This tapestry of a scene from Don Quixote, now in the Getty Museum collection, was woven at the Gobelins tapestry works in France in 1773, based on designs painted by Charles Coypel several decades earlier. It and other similar scenes–in both painted studies and woven realizations–are on display in a wonderfully thoughtful show at the Frick Collection in New York.

Although we’ve mostly lost our taste for tapestries, the show makes clear that for centuries there was nothing more prestigious. The hangings now at the Frick were considered the perfect diplomatic gifts,

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