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This watercolor, part of the exhibition, shows the tip of seventeenth-century Manhattan, then called "New Amsterdam." Photo credits: Watercolor, Gift of C. E. Detmold; Seeger photo, Peter Rothberg

Loeb Show Examines History of Drawing and Watercolor in New York

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center exhibition, “Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society,” explores the history of drawing and watercolor in New York State, showcasing approximately 80 works, including one of the first-known views of New York Harbor, from 1650, and an early eye-view of Niagara Falls. The show celebrates the four-hundredth anniversary of Henry Hudson’s famed river voyage.

A focal point of the exhibition is the development of landscape art and en plein air sketching (especially in the regions bordering the Hudson River) by such artists as Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, and George Harvey. On display are works by American artists from the Civil War through the Gilded Age that illustrate developments in American draftsmanship and the advent of the American Pre-Pete SeegerRaphaelites. Contemporary drawings by such artists as Oscar Bluemner, Raphael Soyer, Richard Haas are also featured.

The exhibition will be on display in the Center’s Prints and Drawings Galleries through November 1. Related events will include a lecture by exhibition curator Roberta J. M. Olson, Curator of Drawings, New-York Historical Society (September 11), and concert by Hudson River storyteller and legend, Pete Seeger (October 10, pictured). All are free and open to the public.

September 2009

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