New York City, NY
The Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. Gallery displays highlights of European and American prints, drawings, and illustrated books from the Museum's vast holdings of works on paper. Because of their sensitivity to light, these works cannot be on permanent exhibition; each installation remains on view for approximately 13 weeks. The rotations of the gallery consist of diverse pieces—new acquisitions as well as works that might not find their way into a major exhibition. They are selected to show the breadth and quality of the Museum's holdings, ranging from the Renaissance to the present.
Highlights from this rotation include works by the 18th-century Dutch artist Dirk Langendijk, including several recent acquisitions; 17th-century Flemish drawings related to sculpture, including one by Jacob Jordaens; a group of drawings and prints depicting women sewing and reading in the intimacy of their home by Neo-Impressionist artists such as Georges Seurat, Theo Van Rysselberghe, and Paul Signac; large-scale portrait drawings by 19th- and 20th-century artists centered around a recently acquired work by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres; recently acquired British watercolors including works by David Cox, John Brett, and Sir John Poynter; French and English etching-revival prints by Francis Seymour Haden, James McNeil Whistler, David Young Cameron, and Charles Meryon; and—to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare—a selection of prints, drawings, and illustrated books created between 1789 and 1930 by an international roster of artists who were inspired by the Bard.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website