Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints

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  • Due to the technological advances of the nineteenth century, an abundance of black drawing media exploded onto the market. Charcoal, conte crayon, fabricated black chalks and crayons; fixatives; various papers; and many lifting devices gave rise to an unprecedented amount of experimentation. Indeed, innovation became the rule, as artists developed their own unique--and often experimental--processes. The exploration of black media in the drawing is inextricably bound up with the exploration of black in prints, and this volume presents an integrated study that rises above specialization in one over the other.


    Noir brings together such diverse artists as Francisco de Goya, Maxime Lalanne, Gustave Courbet, Odilon Redon, and Georges Seurat and explores their inventive works on paper. Sidelining labels like "conservative" or "avant-garde," the essays in this book employ all the tools that art history and modern conservation have given us, inviting the reader to look more broadly at the artists' methods and materials.

    This volume accompanies an eponymous exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from February 9 to May 15, 2016.

    Binding Type: Hardcover
    Author: Lee Hendrix, Lee Hendrix (Contribution by), Cynthia Burlingham (Contribution by)
    Published: 02/09/2016
    Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum
    ISBN: 9781606064825
    Pages: 184
    Weight: 2.75lbs
    Size: 11.40h x 9.80w x 0.90d

    About the Author
    Lee Hendrix is the senior curator of drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where Nancy Yocco is the senior paper conservator and where Laurel Garber and Michelle Sullivan were both graduate interns. Cynthia Burlingham is deputy director at the Hammer Museum. Timothy David Mayhew is an artist and scientist at the Atelier Cedar Ridge in New Mexico.

  • 11.4" L x 9.8" W x 0.9" H

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