The Davison Art Center (DAC) holds Wesleyan's collection of more than 24,000 works of art on paper, chiefly prints and photographs, with smaller numbers of pieces in other media. Included are works by Dürer and other Northern and Italian Renaissance artists; Rembrandt and his contemporaries; Goya; 19th-century French painter-printmakers such as Manet and Millet; and American modern and contemporary artists, especially Jim Dine. The collection includes multiple states of many prints, providing a historical window into printmaking techniques and artists' creative processes. There are also about 600 Japanese ukiyo-e woodcuts and strong holdings illuminating the early histories of mezzotint and lithography.
A small number of paintings include works by American artists (Alfred Thompson Bricher, Elihu Vedder, and Alice Neel, and others) and Europeans (Jean-Léon Gerome, Jules Dupré, Eugène Fromentin, and Ernest Meissonier, David Teniers the Younger. Additionally, a small number of three-dimensional objects include work by Marcel Duchamp and Louise Nevelson.
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selection of European and American prints from the permanent collection