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Wed, Dec 6, 2017 12:00pm –


The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York  New York  10016
United States
The Morgan Library & Museum

Hans Calmann and the American Market for Old Master Drawings, 1937–1973

Image: Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), Leave It All to Providence, 1816-20, black ink and gray wash. Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum.

Between the Second World War and the 1970s, the international market for old master drawings grew exponentially. At the forefront of this craze was the German-born and London-based art dealer Hans Calmann (1899–1982). Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings and Prints, explores Calmann’s role during the vital decades of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s as American museums embraced the collecting and display of works on paper. Organized by the Drawing Institute in conjunction with Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection.

The exhibition Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection will be open for program attendees.