Landscape Drawings from the Collection

Samuel Colman (1832 Portland, Maine – 1920 New York, New York) The Rocky Spires of the Grand Canyon, ca. 1888 pastel on paper, 16 x 18 in. Museum purchase, 1991 General Obligation Bonds, 1992.77.1

Apr 27, 2013 to Oct 27, 2013

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The first exhibition in the Museum’s new Works on Paper Gallery, this small installation highlights drawings and watercolors by artists including Seth Eastman, Samuel Colman, Raymond Jonson, Charles Burchfield, and Gene Kloss dating from the 1850s to the 1950s. In 1852 Eastman made a trip through New Mexico to document the geography and native cultures of the new territory and created a quick pencil sketch of the landscape near Fort Defiance, New Mexico. That sketch and two subsequent hand colored engravings which freely modified the original drawing will be included in the exhibition. Colman, a member of the Hudson River School of landscape painting traveled to the West in the 1880s and created a moody and atmospheric pastel drawing of the Grand Canyon in Arizona Territory. The installation also includes a classic rural watercolor of upstate New York by Charles Burchfield and a watercolor, striking in its freshness, of the mountains of northern New Mexico by Gene Kloss, who is better known for her powerful etchings. A group of drawings by Raymond Jonson of rock formations and the mining structures of Madrid, New Mexico are unexpectedly literal for the artist, but, typical for this important modernist, are refreshingly spare in composition and form. These 16 works represent a small percentage of the hundreds of drawings in the Museum’s collection but indicate some of the diverse ways that the landscape has inspired artists to record their impressions in quick, fresh images.