Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection
Oil sketches occupy the place between painting and drawing. These small-scale works document artists' explorations of form, light, and color and reflect the challenge of capturing nature's ephemeral elements. The Thaw Collection contains more than 130 oil sketches, ranging from works by eighteenth-century Neoclassical pioneers of the genre to studies by artists active during the late nineteenth century. This publication―a fully illustrated catalogue raisonné of the Thaw Collection’s oil sketches―contains new research, first presented at a symposium at the Morgan in early 2009, addresses, that compelling questions surrounding the creation and function of these works.