Prints and Drawings

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Prints and Drawings

Ahmanson Building, Level 3

The collection comprises about thirty thousand works from Western European and America, ranging from some of the earliest examples of printing, in the fifteenth century, to contemporary graphics; and with a special emphasis on Southern California artworks since 1960. Highlights include works by Dürer, Rembrandt, and Goya; Delacroix, Manet, and Toulouse-Lautrec; and Matisse, Picasso, and the Americans John Marin, John Sloan, and Edward Hopper. Works not on view may be viewed by appointment.

Benedetto Luti

Adam and Eve
Albrecht Dürer
1504
Christ Presented to the People
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
1655
The Postman Joseph Roulin
Vincent Van Gogh
1888
After the Hunt
Winslow Homer
1892

Mezzotints from the Collection

Velvet, fur, satin, metalwork, hair, water, and stone. These are just some of the distinct surface textures that our eyes convince us we can “feel” as we look at mezzotints. Derived from the Italian mezza tinta (“halftone”), mezzotint is an intaglio process that developed in the 17th century in the Netherlands. It is the only printmaking technique that works from dark to light

New Acquisition: Albrecht Dürer, Saint Jerome in His Study

The foremost artistic personality of the German Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer was an accomplished painter, printmaker, draftsman, and art theorist. His pictorial innovation and technical bravura transformed the arts of woodcut and engraving, elevating their status to transcend their craft origins and setting standards rarely matched in the history of printmaking...