Drawing Room: An Intimate Look at French Drawings from the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection is part of the exhibition Passport to Paris.
Inspired by the drawings cabinets of gentlemen and connoisseurs, this exhibition will offer a space where visitors can get close to artworks, the intimate nature of which invites contemplation and close-up viewing. Curator Angelica Daneo notes the special immediacy of a work-on-paper where little separates the viewer from the direct hand of the artist.
Comprised of approximately 39 works-on-paper, the exhibition includes a range of techniques from rapid sketches in ink and pencil to finished pastels. Many artists represented in the exhibition Court to Café: Three Centuries of French Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum also appear in this show. Artists featured in this exhibit include Antoine Watteau, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Horace Venet, and Paul Gauguin. The artworks represent exquisite examples of draughtsmanship by some of the most celebrated French masters and allow an in-depth look into the creative process of artists. The entire exhibition is drawn from the private collection of Dr. Esmond Bradley Martin. Martin, a world authority on the illegal trade of wildlife products, is an avid art collector and drawings enthusiast. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalog written by Kathleen Stuart, curator of the Berger Collection at the DAM.
A special exhibition ticket for Passport to Paris will give visitors access to Court to Café, Nature as Muse, and Drawing Room, and extended hours are scheduled to occur throughout the exhibition's run. Find more details on the Ticket Information page.