Thursday, February 5, 2009

Drawings by the Masters

The recently opened exhibition, Raphael to Renior: Drawings from the Collection of John Bonna, displays drawings by some of the greatest artists of all time. What I found most interesting was the great variety of work represented in this collection. Some drawings were sketchy, unfinished works, others were studies for paintings, and then there were completed colorful pieces.

The first drawing that caught my eye was A Wild Boar Piglet, by Hans Hoffmann - I know it's silly, but sometimes you gotta appreciate the cuteness factor. Among the dozens of other incredible drawings, the following stood out: Boucher's beautifully composed finished masterpieces; Watteau's three studies of people from different perspectives on each page; a tiny, simple Rembrandt pen and ink drawing; and a New Year's card by Victor Hugo.

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