The Phillips celebrates gift of exquisite French drawings by Modern masters with focused exhibition

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Phillips Collection highlights a gift of 27 works on paper by modern masters active in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It marks the first drawing by Edouard Vuillard (1868–1940) to enter the collection and the Phillips’s first holdings by Bernard Lamotte (1903–1983), Fernand Léger (1881–1955), and Kees van Dongen (1877–1968). The rich array of portraits, nudes, landscapes, and cityscapes offers a glimpse into the essential role drawing played in the modern artist’s creative process. French Drawings from the Aaronsohn Collection is on view Feb. 2 through April 29, 2012. The gift from the D.C.-based collectors Jonathan and Roseann Aaronsohn enriches The Phillips Collection’s important holdings of work by Pierre