2019 Institutional Partners
Special Loan Exhibition
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (British, 1828–1882) Drawing for The Blue Bower, 1865,
Pencil, 19 1/4 × 13 inches (48.9 × 33 cm) Promised gift of Virginia M. Lindseth, Cornell Class of 1956, and Jon Lindseth,
Cornell Class of 1956, to the collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Drawings from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
January 25 – February 2
On view during Master Drawings New York exhibition hours
Carlton Hobbs LLC, 60 East 93rd Street, Second Floor
The figural drawing has long served as a tool for both students and seasoned artists for perfecting representation and experimenting with the human form. With the help of studio models, portrait sitters, and, sometimes, lovers, these representations use the inherently intimate medium of drawing to further the relationship between the artist and the subject’s body or visage. The result are studies that retain a visually arresting and intellectually stimulating power across centuries. Works from culturally and temporally disparate artists, including Abraham Bloemaert, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pablo Picasso, and Jacob Lawrence show the enduring relevance of the figural study, though their use of the body ranges from a vehicle for biblical stories to a springboard for groundbreaking abstraction.
In their academic context, these figural studies from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University serve as both art objects and as primary research documents. This installation celebrating the “studious” aspect of drawings will not only highlight the Johnson’s collection of drawings from the sixteenth through twenty-first centuries, but also elucidate some teaching contexts and conclusions stemming from their study.