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Modern Drawings: The Karshan Gift

Modern Drawings: The Karshan Gift


This stunning catalogue presents for the first time an outstanding group of modern drawings by European and American masters, assembled by the late Howard Karshan and his wife, Linda, who recently presented the works to The Courtauld. Accompanying their exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, the catalogue features drawings by renowned artists including Paul Cézanne, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Sam Francis, Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter and Georg Baselitz.


The Karshan gift is a significant addition to The Courtauld’s collection. The works demonstrate Howard and Linda Karshan’s sensibility for the expressive power and rich variety of drawing as an art form. The drawings are characterised by innovative mark-making and distinctive use of line. Examples range from radical watercolours by Cézanne and highly expressive finger drawings in ink by Louis Soutter, to abstract compositions made by Henri Michaux whilst experimenting with Mescalin to explore the subconscious, and on to works by Twombly that further broadened the possibilities of draughtsmanship. The 25 drawings of the Karshan gift will be shown at The Courtauld Gallery when it reopens in late 2021, following a major transformation project. This catalogue will include an interview with Linda Karshan, two essays and a fully illustrated catalogue with detailed entries on each work.

  • Edited by Coralie Malissard and Barnaby Wright

    Softback, 260 x 215 mm

    120 pages, 50 colour illus.

    ISBN: 978-1-913645-11-3

  • About the authors

    Coralie Malissard is the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Curatorial Assistant.

    Barnaby Wright is Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery and Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art.

  • Exhibition

    The Courtauld Gallery, London

    November 2021

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