july 17, 2019 - Brooklyn Museum

Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper

Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper

June 21–October 13, 2019

Lobby Gallery, 1st Floor

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There is an immediacy and intimacy to works on paper that seems to bring us especially close to an artist’s vision and process. Drawn directly on paper or a printing plate, in broad gestures or precise marks, these works convey the vivid presence of the artist’s hand. Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paperhighlights more than a hundred European drawings and prints from our exceptional collection, many of which are on view for the first time in decades.

From the remarkably spontaneous etchings of #rembrandt, through the bold graphite lines of #pablopicasso, the exhibition explores the roles of drawing and printmaking within artists’ practices, encompassing a variety of modes, from studies to finished compositions, and a range of genres, including portraiture, landscape, satire, and abstraction. Working on paper, artists have captured visible and imagined worlds, developed poses and compositions, experimented with materials and techniques, and expressed their personal and political beliefs. Other featured artists include Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Francisco Goya, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Käthe Kollwitz, and Vasily Kandinsky.

In conjunction with the exhibition One: Titus Kaphar, on view in the adjacent gallery, excerpts from a conversation with contemporary artist Titus Kaphar (b. 1976) accompany selected works here, addressing the often incomplete and difficult narratives presented by the predominantly white, male artists of the traditional Western art canon.

Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paperis curated by Lisa Small, Senior Curator, European Art, #brooklynmuseum.

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