Exhibition of Four Centuries of French Drawings Opens at the Frick Art & Historical Center

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PITTSBURGH, PA.- Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art opens at the Frick Art & Historical Center on February 5, 2011. Composed of 56 drawings made between 1500 and 1900, this exhibition chronicles the full range of artistic uses of the medium, from quick sketches to finished compositional studies, to drawing as an end in itself. The Blanton Museum at The University of Texas at Austin has organized the exhibition from their permanent collection, which was supplemented a bit more than a decade ago by a large gift of drawings. The French drawings from this gift had not received systematic academic study, nor had most of them been published. The exhibition will remain on view at the Frick through April 17, 2011. Especially rich in 17th- and 18th-century drawings,