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The Robert Lehman Collection. Vol. 9, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European Drawings

Brettell, Richard, Françoise Forster-Hahn, Duncan Robinson, and Janis Tomlinson
480 pages
446 illustrations
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Robert Lehman was a member of the first generation of American collectors to embrace what we call modern art. This volume catalogues 207 nineteenth- and twentieth-century European drawings that are now part of the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum. More than three-quarters of these drawings are French, but there are also sheets from Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. Most are from the nineteenth century, but Robert Lehman also acquired, in some cases from the artists themselves, a number of drawings made during his own lifetime.

The catalogue begins with drawings by David and Goya, the two most important artists in Europe at the turn of the nineteenth century, and it concludes with a group of watercolors made in the 1940s by the painter Marcel Vertès. Among the French drawings are outstanding sheets by Delacroix, Ingres, Chassériau, Corot, Daumier, Matisse, Vlaminck, and Villon. Drawings by Renoir, Morisot, Sisley, Pissarro, and Degas represent the Impressionists, and Robert Lehman also assembled one of the finest private collections of Neo-Impressionist drawings, including canonical works by Seurat, Signac, Cross, and Pissarro. More than 200 comparative illustrations supplement the catalogue entries, and the volume includes a bibliography and indexes.

Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Boldini  Italian, Crayon on paper
ca. 1905
Famous Connoisseur (Fameux Connaisseur), Giovanni Boldini  Italian, Crayon and pencil on graph paper.
Portrait of the Painter Eduardo García Bénito, Amedeo Modigliani  Italian, Pen and ink with wash on graph paper
ca. 1914–15
Portrait of the Sculptor Pablo Gargallo, Amedeo Modigliani  Italian, Pen and ink with wash on graph paper
ca. 1914–15
Seated Female Nude, Amedeo Modigliani  Italian, Graphite and watercolor wash on thick paper
ca. 1917
Standing Nude, Amedeo Modigliani  Italian, Graphite on white paper
ca. 1910
The Bay of Naples, Unknown, Gouache, Italian(?)
ca. 1835
Sketchbook: Souvenir of Naples, Unknown Artist, Sketchbook with faded calfskin binding, pink endpapers and 56 views of Naples arranged two a page on 28 facing pages: pages 1-24 in watercolor over graphite, pages 25-28 in gouache., Italian, Naples
after 1821
View of Sorrento, Italian (?), early 19th century (possibly attributed to "Gargiullo"), Gouache
View of Naples from San Martino, Italian (?), early 19th century (possibly attributed to "Gargiulo"), Gouache
View of Amalfi from the Capuchin Monastery, Gouache, Italian (?)
Italian (?)
Copy of a Russian Icon, Graphite on paper cut from a larger sheet, trimmed at the top around the halo, and laid down on a larger sheet., Probably Italian
Probably Italian
late 19th century
Old Houses at Laudun, Albert André  French, Pen and black ink with small areas of wash on tan wove paper with darker fibers, mounted with glue on heavy, cream-colored paper
View of the Town of Endoume, Albert André  French, Pen and black ink on gray laid paper mounted on a sheet of heavy, cream-colored paper that has been run through a dry press to produce an embossed rectangle, slightly larger than, but proportional to the drawing
Self-Portrait, Charles Angrand  French, Conté crayon (graphite border on all edges) on white laid paper mounted on board
Study for an Illustration for "Wuthering Heights", Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski)  French, Pen and ink and pencil
A Jaguar Devouring a Deer, Antoine-Louis Barye  French, transfer watercolor on heavy wove paper
after 1840
Manet and his Easel, Jean-Frédéric Bazille  French, Charcoal, white chalk on blue laid paper faded to yellow-gray
1868–70 (?)
The Goatherd (recto), Pierre Bonnard  French, Pencil and colored chalk on cream wove paper (from sketchbook)
Female Nude on a Couch, Pierre Bonnard (?) French, Graphite on tan wove paper mounted on Bristol board
ca. 1908–10
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———, eds. 1987d. The Robert Lehman Collection. New York : Princeton: The Museum ; Princeton University Press.