Liberty to the Imagination: Drawings from the Eveillard Gift

June 7 through October 6, 2024

The Morgan celebrates the 100th year of its founding with a series of exhibitions devoted to promised gifts to the museum, including twenty-eight drawings from the holdings of New York–based collectors Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard, which will be on view during the summer of 2024. The selection comprises drawings from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. It includes a rare compositional study for Rembrandt’s first painting; Greuze’s virtuoso depiction of a young cook made for his friend Wille; Delacroix’s intimate portrait of Jenny, his confidante and caretaker; and a spectacular nude by Bonnard. Also in the gift are significant sheets by major artists such as Rubens, Guercino, Jordaens, Watteau, Géricault, Constable, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Gauguin, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Vuillard, and Gris, including many rarely seen drawings. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in which drawing specialists explore the creation and context for each sheet, considering the artists’ choices and the ways in which drawing liberated the imagination in these exploratory studies.

Liberty to the Imagination: Drawings from the Eveillard Gift is organized by John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard Curator, Department Head of Drawings and Prints, and Curatorial Chair, and Jennifer Tonkovich, Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings and Prints.

Liberty to the Imagination: Drawings from the Eveillard Gift is supported by the Lucy Ricciardi Family Exhibition Fund. The exhibition is a program of the Morgan Drawing Institute.

Jean Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805), Young Woman Reading, 1769. Black, white and red chalk, with smudging, on light brown paper. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, promised gift of the Elizabeth and Jean-Marie Eveillard.