National Gallery of Art opens Line, Light. French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac

National Gallery of Art, Washington, Color presents Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac, an exhibition on view from January 27 through May 26, 2013.

Edgar Degas, Two Women Ironing, c. 1885, pastel and charcoal on three joined sheets of brown paper, Dyke Collection

James T. Dyke is one of the most astute American collectors of 19th- and 20th-century French works on paper. Some 100 drawings and watercolors from his collection showcase the broad development of modern draftsmanship in France, from romanticism and realism through the impressionists, Nabis, and neo-impressionists. Artists working from 1830 to 1930, including Delacroix, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, and Signac, reveal a rich diversity of subjects, styles, and techniques.

The mission of the National Gallery of Art is to serve the United States of America in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. –

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