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J. Carroll Beckwith (American, 1852–1917). Portrait of Minnie Clark, 1890s. Charcoal and pastel on blue fibered laid paper, 2238 x 1814 in. (56.8 × 46.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of J. Carroll Beckwith, 17.127

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Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum

Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum presents a selection of over 100 of the finest, rarely seen drawings and sketchbooks from our world-renowned collection of American art. Produced between 1768 and 1945 in a wide range of media (including graphite, pen and ink, crayon, charcoal, and pastel), the featured objects represent a variety of iconographies, styles, and practices in the history of American graphic arts. More than seventy artists are represented, including Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and Marsden Hartley.

The exhibition is organized into six thematic sections, examining portraiture, nudes, the clothed figure, narrative subjects, and natural and urban environments. It is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue including interpretive essays, illustrated catalogue entries, and a selected bibliography.

Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum is organized by Karen Sherry, former Associate Curator of American Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Tour Schedule with Dates

Brooklyn Museum, New York

March 8–May 26, 2013

Portland Museum of Art, Maine

January 30–April 27, 2014

The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida

October 24, 2014–January 18, 2015