The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 31, 1996, Page 14, Image 14

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    French museum displays artist’s
fetish with visceral visual creations
ART? from page 12
cheeked cherubs that grace the Lou
This Fragonard’s brushes were
scalpels, his canvases the bodies of
men and beasts. Carefully skinned, pre
served and posed, they reveal what fas
cinated their maker but repulses many
visitors — the hidden world of blood
and bone, of muscle and flesh.
“The guy was obsessed. I think he
went a little too far,” said Colin
Herrick, a tourist from San Francisco
gawking at the mummified bodies of
three skinned human babies.
Reeking of formaldehyde, the
Fragonard Museum is housed in three
rooms of the fortress-like National
Veterinary School in Maisons-Alfort,
a bleak industrial town on the eastern
outskirts of the French capital.
Over at the skinned babies, the tour
ist from San Francisco ponders one
posed like a miniature Humphrey
Bogart, with one hand on a hip and the
other bent at the elbow as if holding an
unseen cigarette.
Fragonard set up the museum him
self in 1766 at the school, where he was
a teacher. Distressed by the sinewy
sculptures, the school fired Fragonard
in 1771 — but it kept the museum.
Even stranger, perhaps, was
Fragonard’s popularity among mem
bers of the aristocracy, who liked to
keep “curious” objects in their homes.
By the time Fragonard died in 1799, at
age 66, hundreds of his sculptures were
serving as icebreakers at dinner par
Imagine one of these in your living
room: Ajar of fluid containing a lamb
with 10 legs. The dried trachea of a
steer, branching out like a Bonsai tree.
Or a llama looking none too friendly
without its fur.
“Fragonard was crazy or a genius,”
said Daniel Brunet, a high school stu
dent who looked a bit pale as he left
the museum. “Tonight, when I can’t
sleep, I’ll figure out which.”
leaves much
to imagination
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9:38 — Felt like a complete mo
9:38 — Realized it was only a rat.
9:39 — Fed the rat a SweeThrt.
9:40 —Rat spat out SweeThrt and
scurried away.
9:41 —Named rat “Fred II”.
9:43-9:47—Wondered more about
the ghost. Supposedly people heard the
ghost tap dancing.
9:48-9:52 Attempted to tap dance.
Play stopped dead.
9:53—Realized I just added to the
ghost legend.
9:55—Heard another noise.
9:56 — The cleaning lady closed
the door and locked it again. Either she
didn’t like the tap dancing or still didn’t
know I was in the attic.
9:57-10:36 — Fell asleep some
10:37—Woke up with imprints of
“qwerty” keyboard on face. Realized
Fred was probably laughing his head
10:39 — Group of apparent thes
pians invade attic.
10:41 — Guys from “The Eagle”
radio station arrive.
10:42-10:49 — Thespians and
Eagle guys wandered around, pointing
out cool props. An Eagle guy tells a
story about how a sign had been “mys
Photo illustration by Lane Hickenbottom
tenously moved aunng set-up opera
tions earlier in the day.
10:51 -11:00—Thespian and Eagle
guys group gradually increases to a
dozen people, plus a few ghost “ex
11:00-l 1:11 — One ghost expert
says a group of us should explore the
building and “touch” things to discover
their energy.
11:2b — I realize if I were Fred,f
my butt wouldn’t be staying around this
entertaining bunch.
11:27—Fred’s a smart guy. I’m get-.
;ing out of here too.
11:28-11:30 — I search for the
package of SweeTarts, but can’t find
them anywhere. Funny ... if a rat
doesn’t like SweeTarts, I wouldn’t
think a ghost would either.
First-edition Shakespeare brings $250,000
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buyers. All the prices include a 10
to 15 percent buyer’s premium.
A well-preserved, third edition
of the Shakespeare collection,
printed in 1664 sold, for $112,500,
more than double the estimate sale
price of $35,000 to $50,000.
It had an engraved portrait of
Shakespeare, carefully repaired
tears, and seven more plays than the
1623 edition, only one of which,
“Pericles,” is accepted as the bard’s.
A damaged second edition,
printed in 1632 and marred by nu
merous readers’ notes, sold for
$49,450. It also includes Milton’s
essay on Shakespeare and Milton’s
first English essay to see print. Its
estimated value was $20,000 to
A copy of George Washington’s
farewell address, signed by Andrew
Jackson and with a maximum esti
mated value of $5,000, sold for
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