French Drawings Make American Premiere at Frick. (Pittsburgh)

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The Frick Art Museum is currently hosting the American premiere of "Drawn Toward the Avant-Garde: 19th and 20th Century French Drawings from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen."

The collection was selected from a vast collection of French drawings at Copenhagen's Royal Museum of Fine Arts, providing a comprehensive survey tracing the development of modern drawing.

The exhibition covers the Romantic movement of the early 19th century to mid-century drawings of the Barbizon School through the avant-garde abstraction of the early 20th century. Also featured is the importance of the landscape to early 19th-century French artists who sought to create images of calm that were far removed from the fast-expanding metropolis of Paris. Examples of the use of nature, French Modernism and the geometric discipline of French Concretism are also on view.

The exhibit features 80 French masters, including Ingres, Millet, Rousseau, Gauguin, Gris, Manet, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. Highlights include Manet's "Annabel Lee" (1881), Gris' "Bowl and Decanter" (1911) and Degas' "Portrait of Hermann de Clermont (1879). …