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Graphic Masters: Highlights from the
Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Graphic Masters celebrates the extraordinary variety of American artists' works on paper drawn exclusively from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This installation includes works from the 1960s through 1999. Exceptional watercolors, pastels, charcoal, and pencil drawings reveal works on paper as studies for creations in other media, as sketches of ideas, and as finished works of art. Drawings often reveal greater spontaneity and experimentation than paintings and sculpture. Even when they are larger and more finished, competing in scale with easel paintings, they retain a sense of the artist's hand, with the immediacy of a thought made visible.