Drawn to Beauty | Crocker Art Museum
  • Jean-Baptiste Hüet (French, 1745–1811), Le Soir. 1790 (1776?). Pen, ink, and chalk on paper, 9 5/8 x 12 1/8 in. Crocker Art Museum, purchase with funds provided by Anne and Malcolm McHenry, Joan and Jason Leineke, and Irma C. Moore, 2016.52.
    Drawn to Beauty
    Fifteen years of Acquisitions for the Crocker Art Museum
    October 22, 2023 — April 28, 2024

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Jan L'Admiral (Dutch, 1699–1773), Study of the Skeleton of a Left Hand. n.d. Black chalk with touches of white on blue laid paper, 8 1/8 x 12 3/8 in. (20.6 x 31.4 cm.) Crocker Art Museum purchase with funds provided by the Anne and Malcolm McHenry Curatorial Fund, 2020.39.1
Eugène Boudin (French, 1824–1898), Le Port de Honfleur. circa 1860. Pastel on cream laid paper, 9 x 11 1/2 in. (22.9 x 29.2 cm.) Crocker Art Museum, bequest of Mary de Limur Weinmann, 2019.145.3
Giuseppe Cades (Italian, 1750–1799), Juno Discovers Jupiter with Io. 1794. Pen and black ink, brush and brown wash over black chalk, 11 5/16 x 14 7/8 in. (28.8 x 37.7 cm.) Crocker Art Museum, gift of Alan Templeton, 2012.7
Michael Wentzel (German, 1792–1866), La Scuola di Virgilio. 1829. Pen and brown ink, brush and blue, green, yellow watercolor and brown and gray washes on off-white laid paper, 12 x 18 5/8 in. (30.5 x 47.3 cm.) Crocker Art Museum purchase with funds provided by the Anne and Malcolm McHenry Curatorial Fund, 2019.59
Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 1684–1721), A Young Man Looking Down. n.d. Black, red, and white chalks on cream laid paper made up of two sheets, 7 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (18.5 x 12.5 cm.) Crocker Art Museum, gift of Alan Templeton, 2022.52.1.
Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée (French, 1724–1805), Female Nude from the Back. n.d. Red chalk on cream laid paper, 21 3/16 x 15 1/2 in. (54 x 39 cm.) Crocker Art Museum purchase with funds provided by the Anne and Malcolm McHenry Curatorial Fund, 2021.2.1
Christian Gottlob Hammer (German, 1779–1864), A Farmstead in the Rabenauer Grund, verso: Tourists on the Bastei Rock Bridge. n.d. Pen and gray and dark brown ink, brush and green, brown, yellowish-green, red, pink, purple watercolor, brownish varnish on cream wove paper, 9 1/8 x 12 3/16 in. (23.3 x 31 cm.) Crocker Art Museum purchase with funds from A.J. and Susana Mollinet Wat
Christian Gottlob Hammer (German, 1779–1864), Tourists on the Bastei Rock Bridge, verso: A Farmstead in the Rabenauer Grund, verso: Tourists. pen and red ink, squared for transfer in graphite, 9 1/8 x 12 3/16 in. (23.3 x 31 cm.) Crocker Art Museum purchase with funds from A.J. and Susana Mollinet Watson and Charles and Théa Givens, 2007.112

Over the past two decades, the Crocker’s collection of European drawings has grown significantly, thanks in large part to some of the Museum’s most generous donors. Complementing and building upon the famed E. B. Crocker Collection, established in 1871, these gifts and purchases have brought new depth and breadth to the collection and to the history of European draftsmanship. With carefully crafted nudes, exquisite pastel portraits, and enchanting watercolor landscapes, this exhibition showcases nearly four centuries of remarkable works on paper.

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