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Gilles-François-Joseph Closson (1796–1853)
Cluster of Trees
Oil over graphite on paper, mounted to canvas
14 3/4 x 19 inches (375 x 483 mm)
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library & Museum
Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009; 2009.400.21


Interactions: Drawings and Oil Sketches
This symposium will showcase original research on the interaction between drawing and sketching in oils, with a focus on the work of landscape artists of the late eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth century. Presentations will address a range of topics including pedagogical practice, artists’ materials and processes, and the role of drawing in the creation of studies in oil.

David Freedberg
Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University; Academic Adviser, Drawing Institute, The Morgan Library & Museum

Introduction of Speakers
Jennifer Tonkovich
Curator, Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library & Museum

Keynote Address: Drawings, Oil Sketches, Paintings, and the Bigger Picture
Asher Miller
Assistant Curator, European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Etty and Eckersberg: Sketching from the Life in London and Copenhagen
Matthew Hargraves
Curator for Collections Research; Head of Collections Information and Access, Yale Center for British Art

The Closson/ Schelfhout Affair: A Question of Attribution
Xavier Bray
Chief Curator, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Repetition and Revision: Géricault’s sketches for The Race of the Barberi Horses
Sarah Lees
Ruth G. Hardman Curator of European Art, Philbrook Museum of Art

Coffee Break

Turner’s Plymouth Problem
Elizabeth Pergam
Professor of American Fine and Decorative Art & Art Business, Sotheby’s Institute of Art

The Paris Views of Johan Barthold Jongkind: Between Romanticism and Impressionism
Asher Miller and Sophie Scully
Assistant Curator, European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Paintings Conservation Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Concluding Remarks
Jennifer Tonkovich
Curator, Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library & Museum

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 2–5 p.m.

Tickets: $25; $20 for Members; Free for students with valid ID

Order tickets

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.