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Liberty to the Imagination: Drawings from the Eveillard Gift

Liberty to the Imagination: Drawings from the Eveillard Gift


This elegant publication presents for the first time the Eveillard Gift of drawings to the Morgan Library & Museum. It accompanies an exhibition at the Morgan and includes a catalogue of the works with entries by drawings experts.


The Morgan celebrates the 100th year of its founding with a series of exhibitions devoted to promised gifts to the museum, including 28 drawings from the holdings of New York-based collectors Jean-Marie and Elizabeth Eveillard, which will be on view during the summer of 2024. The selection comprises drawings from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, and includes a rare compositional study for Rembrandt’s first painting, Greuze’s virtuoso depiction of a young cook made for his friend Georges Wille, Delacroix’s intimate portrait of his confidante and caretaker Jenny Le Guillou, and a spectacular nude by Bonnard. Also in the gift are significant sheets—many rarely seen—by major artists including Rubens, Guercino, Watteau, Constable, Seurat, Cezanne, and Vuillard, among

others. In fully illustrated entries, drawing specialists explore the creation and context for each sheet, considering the artist’s choices and the ways in which drawing liberated the imagination in these exploratory studies.

  • June 2024

    ISBN: 978-1-913645-55-7

    Hardback, 260 x 236 mm

    120 pages, over 60 illustrations

  • Exhibition

    The Morgan Library & Museum, New York

    7 June – 15 September 2024

  • About the authors

    Colin B. Bailey is Director of the Morgan.

    Susannah Blair is the 2022–23 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Morgan Drawing Institute.

    Isabelle Dervaux is the Acquavella Curator and Head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Drawings.

    Elizabeth Eisenberg is the 2022–24 Moore Curatorial Fellow in Drawings and Prints.

    John Marciari is the Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Head of the Department of Drawings and Prints, and Curatorial Chair.

    Jennifer Tonkovich is the Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of Drawings and Prints.

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