Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getty to Show New Cache of German Drawings

The Getty Museum recently bought a group of nineteenth-century German drawings from the venerable London dealer Colnaghi. That's somewhat unusual for the Getty, which has mostly assembled its drawing collection sheet by sheet. The trove goes on view next year in an exhibition titled "Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900", running March 29 to June 19, 2011. The Getty website says it will include about forty German and Austrian drawings and watercolors (no artists named but presumably including the two spectacular Klimts recently added). Long overlooked by American museums, German drawings are getting expensive. In 2001 the Getty was outbid on a Caspar David Friedrich drawing, View of Arkona with Rising Moon and Nets.

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