February 4–April 29, 2007
Along with his studies from nature, Claude made many compositional drawings as preparatory drawings for paintings. These range from quick sketches of a scene to more detailed and elaborate studies of the setting, the arrangement of buildings and trees, and the contrasts of light and dark passages. Many of his composition drawings are "squared" with intersecting straight lines; these lines helped Claude to balance his compositions and facilitated the transfer of his designs from paper to canvas. He made an increasing number of preparatory drawings for each new project as his career developed and as his paintings became grander and more complex.
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Introduction