This volume is a survey of the remarkable quality and range of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection of French drawings, one of the best such collections in the United States.
In 19th-century France, drawing expanded from a means of artistic training to an independent medium with rich potential for experimentation. A variety of new materials became available to artists, encouraging figures ranging from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres to Paul Cezanne to
reconsider drawing’s place within their practice. Public and private exhibition venues increasingly began to display their works, building an audience attracted by the intimacy of drawings and their unique techniques and subjects.
Nineteenth-Century French Drawings explores the history of this medium, and chronicles the remarkable part it has played throughout the past decades at the Cleveland Museum of Art. There are works by such iconic artists as Honoré Daumier, Berthe Morisot and Auguste Renoir, a luminous coloured pencil study by symbolist artist Alexandre Séon and a group of “noir” drawings—named for
their use of varied black drawing media—by Henri Fantin- Latour, Albert-Charles Lebourg and Adolphe Appian, among others. Entries illuminate the role of drawing within 41 artists’ works and five essays by leading scholars shed new light on the making and collecting of drawings in France
during this extraordinary period.
Britany Salsbury is associate curator of prints and drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Heather Lemonedes Brown is the Virginia N. and Randall J. Barbato Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Debra DeWitte is adjunct assistant professor of art and art history at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Timothy David Mayhew is an artist and scholar of traditional drawing materials and techniques and regularly lectures at Harvard University.
Harriet K. Stratis is a conservator and technical art historian specializing in the study of 19th-century prints and drawings.
Table of Contents
- Director’s Foreword
- Collecting Nineteenth-Century French Drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art by Britany Salsbury
- Monsieur Boileau at the Café by Heather Lemonedes Brown
- The Display and Dispersal of Drawings in 19th-Century France by Debra DeWitte
- Traditional 19th-Century French Graphite Drawing Materials and Techniques by Timothy David Mayhew
- Unintended Outcomes: Recognizing Change in 19th-Century French Drawings by Harriet K. Stratis
- Trustees List
- Select Bibliography