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August 21, 2017 to December 10, 2017


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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New York  New York  10028
United States
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gilded Age Drawings at the Met

Image: Thomas Eakins (American, 1844–1916). The Dancing Lesson, 1878. Watercolor on off-white wove paper. 18 1/8 x 22 5/8 in. (45.9 x 57.3 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Fletcher Fund, 1925 (25.97.1)

This exhibition will feature more than three dozen rarely seen treasures from The Met's collection of late 19th-century American works on paper. Created during America's so-called Gilded Age—which began shortly after the Museum was founded in 1870 and flourished through the 1890s—many of these innovative drawings in watercolor, pastel, and charcoal were acquired during the artists' lifetimes and became the cornerstone of The Met's important holdings in this art form. On view will be iconic works by some of the leading American artists of the time, including Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as several new acquisitions. Three recently promised gifts to The Met are a highlight of the exhibition—works by Cecilia Beaux, John La Farge, and Sargent.