Thursday, January 29, 2009

Drawings at the Met

Hans Hoffman, A Wild Boar Piglet

By Thomas Martin, New York

A new exhibit at the Met, Raphael to Renoir: Drawings from the Collection of Jean Bonna, reaffirms (as if I needed it reaffirmed) my love for drawing. Drawings, it seems to me, play their cards face up on the table, no matter how exquisite they are. They always let you in and standing there in front of it, not to get too romantic about this, the drawing becomes a conduit for empathy- you can step into the artists mind at the moment s/he was making it.

Giovanni Bellini, A Man in a Turban

Odilon Redon, Sailing Boat with Two Passengers (La Barque)

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