There's something very special about looking at drawings--visually following the curving, twisting, broadening of a single line to carve out space and form on a sheet of paper, on canvas, in the sand. What has the artist used to give it depth, dimensional form, life? What powers does he have which capture the essence of a face, a landscape, a mythological scene? Certainly, he can use ink wash, a paint box of colors or black in all its many shades to contribute to the power of an image.

But, most of all, what captures us from a good drawing is the artist's mind and hand at work as he probes, feels his way with pen, pencil, brush, to lay forward something he wants us to see too. This fascination has lured collectors for centuries to collecting different kinds of drawings from all manner of artists throughout the world--old master to contemporary.

The first drawings of which we are aware are generally credited to the cave dwellers and depicted large animals. Modern art research suggests that the ancient hunters drew on their walls, believing that doing so would capture the animal's spirit and ensure a successful hunt for food the following day.

A truth lies in the hunter/artist that is still in evidence in modern civilization. Artists use drawings to explore their thoughts and record the truth and spirit of a subject--whether it's of an animal, a person, a landscape, or a scene crowded with actors, real or imaginary.

Because sheets of paper, starting in the 14th century, were used for recording an artist's first thoughts for a composition, most old master drawings are unsigned. Through the years attribution for these works of art have been assigned by collectors, dealers and museum curators who look for similarities in drawing styles and techniques, as well as clues to determine when the paper was made. Sophisticated collectors enjoy the search for a creator, but more often than not, purchase on the basis of the quality of the work, knowing that the true identity of its master may never be known. While there are always wonderful drawings by artists whose names we will never know, modern drawings--19th and 20th century--are often signed either by the aritst or his estate. Watercolor, gouache, pencil, ink wash--the materials from which as artist chooses to transform an idea into an image are as varied as the pictures which result.

Our exhibition includes works from the 16th century through the 20th century. Subjects range from saints to mytholocial gods, roping horse to tilling fields, portraits to nudes, landscapes, flower studies, and abstract compositions that would appear to reject all reference to subject and opt to depict pure emotion and color. Over one hundred drawings are on hand for your pleasure and to see the hand of the man or woman who created it. The bold strokes, the mis-strokes, the working out of the thrust of the figure--all here, all visible in pencil, ink, wash, watercolor or gouache. We hope you will enjoy the visit.

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