The Crocker Collection of Master Drawings: History and Quality copy

February 1, 2017
2 - 3:30 PM

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Four Wednesdays, February 1 - 22

Originating in the E. B. Crocker Collection of 1869-71 and enriched even today by a continuous policy of new acquisition, the master drawings collection at the Crocker is a unique asset in Northern California and beyond. This course will examine its unusual history as contrasted with other California and East Coast collections, as well as specific drawings of the various European schools. From the finest pen lines and broad shading to overall composition, we will explore together the elements that create excellence in draftsmanship, learning along the way to distinguish drawings of high quality.

$65 members • $85 nonmembers
Instructor: William Breazeale

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About the Instructor:

Curator William Breazeale received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and specializes in master drawings and European art at the Crocker. Trained at the National Gallery of Art, he Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he is the organizer of many drawings exhibitions, including A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum and The Artist's View: Landscape Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum. In addition, he has organized exhibitions on Italian paintings and European and American prints for the Crocker.


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No experience is required unless noted. The Museum provides student-quality supplies included in the fee unless indicated otherwise. Students are welcome to bring their personal supplies; however there is no discount for doing so. Oil paints are not allowed in studio classrooms. Registered students are not permitted to bring guests.

Image Caption:

Master of Muhldorf, The Annunciation, 1514. Ink, bistre with pen, heightened with white on paper. Crocker Art Museum, E.B. Crocker Collection.

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