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Welcome to this database of nineteenth-century French drawings. From revealing preparatory sketches to exquisite finished watercolors, more than 900 works by artists such as Eugéne Delacroix, Honoré Daumier, Paul Cézanne, and Edgar Degas illuminate the range of French art over the course of a century of innovation.

Drawn from the collections of The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum, the drawings featured here form one of the nation’s strongest and richest collections of French art from this period. The database also includes works from the Peabody Institute Art Collection of the Maryland State Archives.

Begin exploring the works from the Search page or start with a Highlights tour to glimpse key works of art. Select and organize images in your own online gallery as a customized reference. And view Albums & Sketchbooks to gain insight into the working processes of three artists and how prominent collectors of the day acquired and displayed their drawings.

You can also see outstanding selections from the three collections in the exhibition The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas on view in Baltimore, Maryland; Birmingham, Alabama; and Tacoma, Washington throughout 2005 and 2006.

The Essence of Line is generously sponsored by The Richard C. von Hess Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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