Published: July 17, 2007
The Hyde Collection art museum is presenting “Drawn from Life and Legend: European Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection.” The Hoopes Gallery exhibition includes 25 works on paper from the museum’s permanent collection that date from the Renaissance to the early Twentieth Century. Curated by Erin B. Coe, this exhibition is on view at The Hyde through September 23.
The selected works including drawings, pastels, watercolors and prints by European masters such as Francois Boucher, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Claude Lorrain, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Rembrandt Harmensz, Van Rinj Vincent van Gogh and Marcantonio Raimondi.
“This exhibition brings to light the significance of The Hyde’s collection of works on paper,” Coe stated. “We are pleased to feature this distinguished collection of works by European masters, which, due to the sensitive nature of works on paper, are typically in art storage.”
Themes such as classical literature and biblical sources, the human figure and the natural world can be found in the highlighted works, which offer an interesting cross section of European art history. While many are highly finished drawings, others are quickly sketched preparatory studies for larger paintings.
For example, “Grand Canal, Venice,” circa 1840, attributed to Joseph M.W. Turner (1775‱851), is a highly finished gouache on paper, while “Dancer Tying Her Scarf,” circa 1887 by Edgar Degas (1834‱917), is a study of a ballerina that appears in several finished oil paintings, including “Dancers in the Green Room,” circa 1880‹4, which is owned by The Detroit Institute of Arts.
The Hyde Collection is a historic house and art museum complex at 161 Warren Street that combines the heritage of the Adirondack Region with a distinguished permanent collection consisting of works by European old and modern masters and American artists, important decorative arts and antique furnishings. For information, 518-792-1761 or www.hydecollection.org .
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