Oil Sketches

A Brush with Nature: The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil SketchesSeptember 12, 2000 to October 12, 2000

This exhibition consisted of approximately sixty landscape oil sketches from the collection of the art historians John and Charlotte Gere. Dating from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, these small, rapidly-executed sketches on paper, panel, or canvas were painted outdoors by artists across Europe to sharpen their skills of perception and execution; they were rarely intended for public exhibition. Pioneers in the collecting of oil sketches — which have only lately gained wide appreciation — the Geres assembled some eighty works over a period of forty years beginning in the 1950s.