Drawing and Experimentation from Van Gogh to Pollock

Drawing and Experimentation from Van Gogh to Pollock

Saturday

February 3, 2018

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Auditorium

225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

In the opening lecture for Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection, Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, addresses the liberation of drawing between the 1880s and the 1950s as the medium’s function shifted from preparatory to independent. Practitioners such as Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock embraced elements of chance, repetition, radical spatial construction, and the subconscious in their graphic production. Clarke considers how the very practice of drawing encouraged artists to grapple with changing modern forms and their markets as they worked in line, wash, and collage.

Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection is organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Presentation at the Clark is made possible by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916), The Spider (detail), 1902. Charcoal and black pastel on paper, 19 11/16 x 13 3/4 in. Morgan Library & Museum, Thaw Collection, 2017.208