Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection

Compiled by Jennifer Tonkovich, with an introduction by William M. Griswold, essays by Charlotte Gere, Ann Hoenigswald, John Gage, Richard Rand, Geneviève Lacambre, and John House, and a catalogue raisonné by Esther Bell
159 pages
Color illustrations
9.75 x 11.75 inches

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.