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Past Exhibitions


'Sketch of a Mother Looking Down at Thomas' by Mary Cassatt

An American Century: Works on Paper from the High Museum’s Collection of American Art

February 23–June 16, 2013


'Study for The Quaker' by Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth
American, 1917–2009
Study for The Quaker, 1975
Watercolor on paper, 33 x 41 inches.
Gift of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth, 2006.60.

A simple writing implement when applied to paper is the most basic of an artist’s tools. Affordable and portable, these simple materials have enabled artists to prepare a sketch or a fully developed composition nearly anywhere. Pastel, which yielded rich, sumptuous colors, became a favorite of the Impressionists who enjoyed the expressive freedom that drawing with a crayon allowed for. Watercolor encouraged quick, fresh compositions that captured the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. Prints, though more technically complex, offered opportunities for new forms of expression and experimentation. Drawn from the High Museum of Art’s Collection of American Art, this exhibition features a selection of works in a variety of media made on paper between 1850 and 1970.