Depicting quotidian life in the country, urban scenes, and imagined views of timeless Arcadian realms, this selection of rarely exhibited landscape drawings from the Frick’s small but superb collection of works on paper reveals thematic continuities across four centuries. The presentation featured the Frick’s newly acquired View of Dieppe Harbor of 1873 by Antoine Vollon, the generous gift of Dr. Carol Forman Tabler. The watercolor found an ideal context among drawings by Vollon’s contemporaries and forebears — including Claude, Corot, and Whistler — with whom he shared a drive to investigate the technical possibilities for representing on paper the textures and intangible atmospheric effects of the three-dimensional world.
The presentation was organized by Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, Research Assistant at The Frick Collection, and was on view in the Frick’s Cabinet gallery.
The Frick Collection; Gift of Carol Forman Tabler in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander A. Forman III