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"Summer Selections: American Landscape Drawings and Watercolors"
2001-05-29 until 2001-09-02
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY, USA

Beginning in 2001 and continuing in succeeding summers, selections from the Museum's rich collection of drawings, watercolors, and pastels by 18th- and 19th-century American artists will be mounted in The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art. Landscapes will be highlighted this summer, including works by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, George Inness, Winslow Homer, John La Farge, and Maurice Prendergast.

The origins of the Metropolitan's collection of American works on paper can be traced to the 1880s—the decade after the Museum was founded. Now numbering more than 1,500 drawings, the Museum's holdings include outstanding examples by some of the nation's preeminent artists. They are on view infrequently because of their sensitivity to light.

The installation is organized by Kevin J. Avery, associate curator in the Department of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Claire A. Conway, research assistant, also in the Department of American Paintings and Sculpture. Graphic design is by Jill Hammarberg, graphic designer, with lighting by Zack Zanolli, lighting designer.

IMAGE:
Excursionists, Nahant, ca. 1896–97.
Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858–1924).
Watercolor, gouache, and
graphite underdrawing on paper.
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection,
Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973 (1974.356.2).


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