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Prints and Drawings

The Gallery’s collection of prints and drawings comprises approximately 29,000 prints and over 11,000 drawings and watercolors from the 15th century to the present, with highlights including a large group of prints and drawings from the early modern period, a recently acquired group of 18th-century Italian and 19th-century French prints, American works from the 19th through the early 20th century, and around 800 works of postwar art acquired within the last decade.
Battle of the Nudes
The Rest of Her Remains
Number 14: Gray
Caricature of a Man Wearing a Large Hat
Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Valise)
Waves #1

About Prints and Drawings

The Yale University Art Gallery’s collection contains about 29,000 prints and over 11,000 drawings and watercolors, ranging in date from the 15th century to the present. Particular strengths include the Arthur Ross Collection, with about 1,000 prints by 18th-century Italian and 19th-century French artists as well as the Spanish artist Francisco Goya; over 600 prints and drawings from the early modern period, including German Expressionism, most of which came to the Gallery as part of the Société Anonyme Collection; a sizable selection of American watercolors, prints, and artists’ sketchbooks from the 19th through the early 20th century; and some 800 works by artists of the second half of the 20th century from the collections of Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935; Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933; Susan and Arthur Fleischer, Jr., B.A. 1953, LL.B. 1958; and Sally and Wynn Kramarsky. The Department of Prints and Drawings is also the world’s largest institutional repository of Sol LeWitt wall drawings and is the home of the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Archive and Study Center.

Other highlights are extraordinary prints by the Old Master printmakers Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn, an exemplary group of Dutch and Flemish 16th- and 17th-century drawings that constitute a study collection with few rivals in the United States, and a strong collection of printed portraits from the 16th to the 18th century. Recently, additions of Giorgio Ghisi’s engraving after Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, Michele Marieschi’s views of Venice, Filippo Morghen’s Voyage to the Moon, a series of etchings by Ange-Laurent de La Live de Jully after Jacques François Saly, and Tête de Flore by Louis-Marin Bonnet have substantially enhanced the collection. Among numerous 19th-century French drawings are stunning examples by Eugène Delacroix, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Georges Seurat, and Édouard Vuillard.

The Gallery also holds an extensive collection of drawings by the American Pre-Raphaelite artist Edwin Austin Abbey and virtually all the lithographs by two 19th-century French artists, Théodore Géricault and Paul Gavarni. In recent decades, the Gallery has acquired works by many contemporary artists, including Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, and William Kentridge, and a number of important examples of 20th-century collage.

Note from the Curator

Opening March 14, 2022, Sets, Series, and Composite Prints is the first thematic installation of prints and drawings in our new fourth-floor collections gallery, the James E. Duffy Gallery for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Sets and series have been created since the advent of printmaking in Europe in the mid-15th century—to document and classify, relate narratives or histories, or present multiple musings on a single theme. They also serve a larger purpose, which is to widely disseminate that knowledge and information with an intent to uplift and educate, and sometimes to call to action. This installation includes woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints from the Gallery’s permanent collection. The works range in date from the 16th to the 21st century and showcase the breadth and complexity of serial approaches to the presentation of scientific, historical, cartological, and psychological knowledge.

The thematic installations on view in this permanent-collection gallery will rotate every six months and present a wide range of topics and media.

Freyda Spira

The Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints and Drawings

Elisabeth (Lisa) Hodermarsky

The Sutphin Family Curator of Prints and Drawings

Isabelle Sagraves

The Florence B. Selden Fellow, Department of Prints and Drawings

Jacob Lawrence, John Brown Remained a Full Winter in Canada, Drilling Negroes for His Coming Raid on Harpers Ferry, from the series The Legend of John Brown, 1977. Color screenprint. Yale University Art Gallery, Everett V. Meeks, B.A. 1901, Fund. © Estate of Jacob Lawrence

Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe, 2004–5. Sixty‑component print in various techniques with mixed-media embellishments. Yale University Art Gallery, Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund. © Ellen Gallagher

Rembrandt van Rijn, Landscape with Three Gabled Cottages beside a Road, 1650. Etching and drypoint. Yale University Art Gallery, Fritz Achelis Memorial Collection, Gift of Frederic George Achelis, B.A. 1907

Featured Media

Meet the Curators

Freyda Spira

Freyda Spira, the Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints and Drawings, specializes in early modern European art. She comes to the Gallery from the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where she was, most recently, associate curator of northern Renaissance and Baroque prints, drawings, and illustrated books. Spira has curated numerous exhibitions, including The Renaissance of Etching (2019); The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I (2019); The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor (2016); Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger’s Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay (2016); and Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700 (2012), all at the Met; as well as Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540 (2012), at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. She is currently working on an exhibition about notions of place in 19th-century Danish art, which will be on display at the Met and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, in 2023. Spira holds a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a PH.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

freyda.spira@yale.edu

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Half-body shot of Freyda Spira standing next to a woodcut of the head of Christ crowned with thorns.

Elisabeth (Lisa) Hodermarsky

Elisabeth (Lisa) Hodermarsky, the Sutphin Family Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Gallery, is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century American art on paper, with a particular interest in prints and drawings. In her many years on staff at the Gallery, she has produced numerous exhibitions and publications, including Red Grooms: Larger than LifeConversations from the Print Studio: A Master Printer in Collaboration with Ten ArtistsJohn La Farge’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890–1891Appropriated Lands: Photography and the Great Surveys of the American West, 1867–1879; and The Synthetic Century: Collage from Cubism to Postmodernism; and she was a principal co-curator of The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art 1760–1860 and a principal coauthor of the exhibition catalogue Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery.

lisa.hodermarsky@yale.edu

Elisabeth Hodermarsky

John Hogan

John Hogan is the Mary Jo and Ted Shen Installation Director and Archivist for Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings, a unique position established in 2013 that facilitates collaboration among conservators, curators, and artists. Hogan has been a principal draftsperson for Sol LeWitt since 1982; in this role, he has directed LeWitt wall-drawing installations in the United States and internationally, including the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, New York; the Centre Pompidou-Metz, France; Museum M, Leuven, Belgium; MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), North Adams; numerous private collections; and, most recently, the first LeWitt exhibition in Shanghai. He was closely involved in the review process for the publication of the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Catalogue Raisonné (Artifex Press, 2018). At the Gallery, Hogan co-organized the 2018 exhibition Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: Expanding a Legacy. He also cocurated (with Benjamin Weil) the 2015–16 exhibition Sol LeWitt: 17 Wall Drawings, 1970–2015 at Fundación Botín, Santander, Spain.

john.hogan@yale.edu

John Hogan

 

Meet the Fellow

Isabelle Sagraves

Isabelle Sagraves is the Florence B. Selden Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings. She earned a B.A. in the History of Art and English Literary Studies from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and an M.A. in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Prior to joining the Gallery, she held internships at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Frist Art Museum, Nashville. Isabelle facilitates visits to the James E. Duffy Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. She also conducts research on the collection, catalogues new acquisitions, and contributes to other departmental projects. 

isabelle.sagraves@yale.edu

Half-body shot of Isabelle Sagraves in front of Bonnard's painting Interior at Le Cannet.

Related Resources

James E. Duffy Study Room

The James E. Duffy Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs is currently closed to visitors and classes due to COVID-19. Please direct inquiries about teaching remotely from the collection to Lisa Hodermarsky (lisa.hodermarsky@yale.edu) and Isabelle Sagraves (isabelle.sagraves@yale.edu).

Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Archive

A unique resource for scholars, conservators, curators, and artists, the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Archive and Study Center is part of the Department of Prints and Drawings. This digital archive of materials from Sol LeWitt’s original files includes working drawings, catalogues, reviews, interviews, correspondence, photographs, and videos.

Further Reading

Alcauskas, Katherine. The Pull of Experiment: Postwar American Printmaking, exh. broch. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2009.

Boorsch, Suzanne, and John Marciari. Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006.

Clark, Alvin L., Jr. From Mannerism to Classicism: Printmaking in France, 1600–1660, exh. cat. Edited by Lesley K. Baier and Elise K. Kenney. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1987.

Cornell, Daniell, and Cheryl Finley. Imaging African Art: Documentation and Transformation, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2000.

Cross, Susan, and Denise Markonish, eds. Sol LeWitt: 100 Views, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

DeRose, Elizabeth C. Jasper Johns: From Plate to Print, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006.

DeRose, Elizabeth C. Making a Mark: Four Contemporary Artists in Print, exh. broch. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006.

Emison, Patricia A. The Art of Teaching: Sixteenth-Century Allegorical Prints and Drawings, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986.

Farrell, Jennifer, et al. Get There First, Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012.

Field, Richard S., et al. American Prints 1900–1950: An Exhibition in Honor of the Donation of John P. Axelrod, B.A. 1968, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983.

Field, Richard S., et al. French Drawings: Acquisitions 1970–1984, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1984.

Franks, Pamela. The Tiger’s Eye: The Art of a Magazine, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2002.

Gross, Jennifer R., ed. Edgar Degas: Defining the Modernist Edge, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2003.

Gross, Sally Lorensen. Toward an Urban View: The Nineteenth-Century American City in Prints, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1989.

Haverkamp-Begemann, Egbert, and Anne-Marie Logan. European Drawings and Watercolors in the Yale University Art Gallery 1500–1900. 2 vols. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970.

Herbert, Robert L., Eleanor S. Apter, and Elise K. Kenney, eds. The Société Anonyme and the Dreier Bequest at Yale University: A Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984.

Hodermarsky, Elisabeth S. Give a Thing and it is Yours Forever: George Hopper Fitch Collects for Yale, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1997.

Hodermarsky, Elisabeth S. The Synthetic Century: Collage from Cubism to Postmodernism, Selections from the Collection, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2002.

Hodermarsky, Elisabeth S., et al. John La Farge’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890–1891, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 2010.

Hogan, John, and Benjamin Weil. Sol LeWitt: 17 Wall Drawings, 1970–2015. Santandar, Spain: Fundación Botín, 2015.

Kusserow, Karl. Watercolor in America, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1990.

Law, Mary E. Confronting the Uncomfortable: Questioning Truth and Power, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1989.

Mills, Laura K. American Allegorical Prints: Constructing an Identity, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1996.

Pillsbury, Edmund, and John Caldwell. Sixteenth Century Italian Drawings: Form and Function, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1974.

Shestack, Alan, and Lesley K. Baier. The Katharine Ordway Collection. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1983.

Williams, Lyle W. Pattern and Invention: Ornament Prints, 1500–1800, exh. cat. New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992.

Wolf, Alice. The Edward B. Greene Collection of Engraved Portraits and Portrait Drawings at Yale University. With a preface by Theodore Sizer. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1942.

Zevi, Adachiara. Sol LeWitt Critical Texts. Rome: Libri de AEIUO, 1995.