Works on Paper and Photography

The collection of master drawings at the Museum initially shaped by the Crocker family’s purchase in 1869–71, focuses on the major European schools between the 16th and mid-19th centuries. Collection strengths include drawings from the Italian, Dutch and Flemish 17th century, the French 17th and 18th centuries, the German 16th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as related prints. Californian and American prints, drawings, and watercolors from the mid-19th century to the present are also included.

The strength of the Crocker’s photography collection is its holdings of American photography since the mid-20th century. Examples represent major artistic movements ranging from surrealism to straight photography, street aesthetic, new topographies, and the conceptual. The collection has corollary strength in imagery of the American West, both historic and contemporary.

For appointments, please call William Breazeale, Curator at (916) 808-5041.

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  • Adriaen van de Velde (Dutch, 1636 – 1672)
    A Young Woman as Pomona, n.d.
  • Adrian Zingg (Swiss, 1734 –1816)
    A View of the Elbe River and the Bastei Rocks in the Sächsische Schweiz, Saxony, n.d.
  • Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)
    Female Nude with a Staff, 1498
  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Oak Tree, Sunset City, 1962
  • Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984)
    Monolith: the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite, California, 1927 (printed 1979)
  • Anton Raphael Mengs (German, 1728–1779)
    Death of Dido, n.d.
  • Armand Rassenfosse (Belgian, 1862–1934)
    La Muse Vénale, 1899
  • Bartholomeus Breenbergh (Dutch, 1598–1657)
    Temple of the Tiburtine Sibyl at Tivoli, 1627
  • Bill Owens (American, born 1938)
    Our house is built with the living room in the back, so that in the evenings we sit out front of the garage and watch the traffic go by, 1968–72
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    A Camping Party in Yosemite, circa 1865–1866
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Three Large Gold Nuggets, circa 1865–1870
  • Carleton Emmons Watkins (American, 1829–1916)
    Big Tree, Yosemite Valley, circa 1860–1870
  • Charles Le Brun (French, 1619–1690)
    Man Clinging to a Rock, n.d.
  • Christian Ferdinand Hartmann (German, 1774–1842)
    RECTO: Death with a Host of Demons, n.d.
  • Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich (German, 1712–1774)
    Hermes Stalking Argus, n.d.
  • Claude Gillot (French, 1673–1722)
    Scene of Sorcery, n.d.
  • David Hollowell (American, born 1951)
    Mother and Child, 1989
  • David Park (American, 1911–1960)
    Back of Nude, 1960
  • Dorothea Lange (American, 1895–1965)
    Texas Drought Refugees in Cotton Camp Near Exeter, Ca, Nov. 1936
  • Edward Henry Weston (American, 1886–1958)
    Pots: Heaped Black Ollas in the Oaxaca Market, 1926

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Noon Year's Eve: A Free Family Festival

This year, we’re kicking the Noon Year Festival up a notch. The Crocker Art Museum will be decked-out in purple, and we encourage all of our young visitors (and their grownups) to do the same!

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Film: Norma Rae

For this new film series, we take inspiration from the artist and present four films that bring into focus the issues faced by working-class people seeking to live the American dream.

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