Dessins: 100 Years of French Drawings

Jan 22 – Jul 7, 2013
Boca Raton Museum of Art

A mere, single line can represent an object, animal or figure, communicating emotion through its direction and weight. When combined with hundreds of additional, exquisite lines, it yields a finished composition akin to an oil painting.

Dessins: 100 Years of French Drawings moves beyond the pencil, with over 40 works demonstrating a variety of techniques and materials from pen and ink, pastel, charcoal, crayon, and even touches of watercolor. Featuring important loans from the collection of Mr. Samuel Blatt and the Museum’s own collection, the exhibition presents a wide-ranging cross-section of stunning mid-19th- through early 20th-century works from artists such as Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Matisse, Jules Pascin, Picasso, Pissarro, Redon, Seurat, Claude- Émile Schuffenecker, and Vuillard.

The exhibition also marks the beginning of a renewed look and interpretation of the Boca Museum of Art’s second-floor galleries; as it moves to intermixing in-focus exhibitions with the important collection of paintings, sculpture and works on paper from its permanent collection.


Pablo Picasso's "Fernande Olivier" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, born in Málaga, 1881-1973), Fernande Olivier, 1906, Charcoal on paper, 24 x 17 5/8 inches, Permanent Collection 1989.137, The Dr. and Mrs. John J. Mayers Collection

Edouard-Jean Vuillard's "Study for "Madame Adrien Bénard" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Edouard-Jean Vuillard (French, 1868-1940), Study for "Madame Adrien Bénard," about 1928, Pencil and ink on paper, 7 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches, Blatt.79.2000L, Courtesy of Mr. Samuel Blatt.