Works on Paper by Thomas de Thomon in the Hermitage
On 22 February 2011 the exhibition of graphic art by an outstanding architect Thomas de Thomon was opened in the State Hermitage Museum. The exhibition includes more than 100 graphic works by the master among which are pictures, drawings, engravings and publications.
Thomas de Thomon, A French neoclassic in Russia of the early XIX century, was mainly known as author of one of the most impressive Saint Petersburg attractions - Stock Exchange of the Spit of Vasilievsky Island. It was mainly Thomon who made Russia of the XIX century take a liking to the pronounced features of the Doric order, extremely big, expressive and monumental forms.
Thomon, who is sometimes called "the architect of one ensemble", in fact had a chance to try himself in different areas of architectural art: landscape gardening, redecorating of indoor scenes, work on memorials. The exhibition gives the complete idea of the masterís catholic talent. He is seen not only as an architect but also as a talented graphic artist.
The Hermitage collection, along with its artistic merits and historic
value, is notable for certain integrity. While other similar collections
were formed later from isolated papers, the Hermitage collection stores
the most important part of Thomonís heritage received by Russian
tsar Alexander I from the architectís widow soon after his death
and then given to the museum. An important part of Thomonís
works form three albums of the Souvenir díItalie series now kept in the
Hermitage; the series consisted of five albums all in all. Of high
importance is the Hermitage collection of Thomonís engravings and
a few copies of his publications, especially his Traite de peinture
The drafts and pictures by Thomon kept in the Hermitage did not often become an object of close study and were usually examined in combination with works by his contemporaries. Only sometimes separate pages were exhibited. It is the first big exhibition fully devoted to Thomas de Thomonís art.
The exhibition timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the architectís birth is accompanied with the publication of a scientific catalogue of Thomas de Thomonís Hermitage collection and a Russian translation of his Treatise on Painting.
The exhibitionís curator is Valery Georgievich Shevchenko, leading research worker of the section of paintings of the Hermitage Department of Western Art.