19th and 20th Century Prints and Drawings Displays
April 2003 — January 2004
A series of focused displays from the Prints and Drawings collection began in the Gallery in April 2003. Drawing from the 19th — and 20th — century collections, these small displays of works on paper, not normally on view to the public, complement the Impressionist and Modern paintings and sculptures on display on the Gallery’s second floor.
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Oskar Kokoschka’s The Dreaming Youths
1 October — 30 November 2003

Kokoschka print

The Dreaming Youths was the first important graphic work produced by Kokoschka (1886-1980), signifying his early commitment to the print medium. A lyrical prose poem written, designed and illustrated with eight colour lithographs by the artist, it was produced in 1907 and published by the Wiener Werkstätte the following year. It began as a commission for a children’s picture-book before developing into a complex 'picture-poem’ drawing on mythology, symbolism and autobiography.
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The Sculpted Nude: Aristide Maillol and Eric Gill
1 December 2003 — 11 January 2004
Fellow sculptors Aristide Maillol (1861-1944) and Eric Gill (1882-1940), collaborators on an illustrative project for the German Cranach Press in 1926, shared a fascination for the female nude. Their sculptural approach to drawing was apparent in their sensuous figurative studies, handled with a characteristic precision of line. Maillol’s rounded, classically-inspired forms and Gill’s more hard-edged style echoed their sculptural techniques as modeller and carver respectively.
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