Augustin Edouart (French, 1789–1861), The Garves Family, 1830. Paper silhouettes painted black and mounted on heavy wove paper, 25.2 x 34.8 cm (9 15/16 x 13 11/16 in.). Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1981.4.6

Drawing the Line: Michelangelo to Asawa

Through rarely seen works and masterpieces by beloved artists over five centuries, this exhibition of drawings explores the expressive possibilities of the outline. Drawn from our works on paper collection, the selection ranges from minimal line drawings by Michelangelo and Andy Warhol to fluid figure studies by Pablo Picasso and Ruth Asawa. One of our most treasured works, Paul Gauguin’s large-scale portrait L’Arlésienne (Madame Ginoux) (1888) is on display for the first time in more than a decade. 

This exhibition is designed in conversation with our special exhibition Botticelli Drawings, which highlights the famed Renaissance artist’s command of the line.


Currently on view