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[Prints and Drawings Exhibition]
Landscape: from the Drawing collection of the National Museum of Western Art

Saturday 2 March - Sunday 2 June 2013
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
(Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time)
Mondays except 29 April, 6 May. Closed on 7 May.
Prints and Drawings Gallery, NMWA
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art
Admission Fees:
Adults 420 yen (210yen), College students 130 yen (70 yen)
Numbers in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more
Tickets for Permanent collection and Special Exhibition provide access to this exhibition.
High school students and children under the age of 18, and seniors over the age of 65 admitted free of charge. Please show your ID upon entrance to confirm your age.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.

Paul Signac
Lighthouse,end of the 19th century
watercolour over crayon on paper

Drawings are created for various reasons, whether as compositional studies for oil paintings or sculptures, sketches of motifs that fascinate the artist, or as a way that artists train their hand and eye. Some of the drawings created in this process are themselves superb artworks for appreciation. The diverse materials used in drawings—whether chalk, charcoal, pencil, pen, watercolors or pastels—allow a painter to create individualistic works in the material and technique that suits their own aims, themes or preferences.

The National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) collections contain approximately 160 drawings, including works in pastels and watercolors. This exhibition introduces drawings on landscape themes from the collection. The first section presents close-at-hand landscapes, the world of village and garden. The gallery display continues with mountain and high plateau views, followed by ocean views. The visitor's journey continues to the exotic locales as seen by European painters, including North Africa, the islands of the South Pacific, and Asia, and finally, the purely imaginary realms conjured by the artists themselves.

Drawings by their nature do not have the imposing presence of large-format oil paintings. And yet, drawings have their own unique and subtle appeal, evoked by the strokes that vividly convey the artist's immediate impressions of a subject and their sense of up-close and unique intimacy. We hope that viewers of the exhibition will take time to enjoy each work displayed, entering into each landscape evoked within its small but compelling form.

Raffaello Sanzio 《Self-Portrait》
Édouard Vuillard
The Garden, ca.1918

William Turner 《Valley of the Aare (?)》
William Turner
Valley of the Aare (?), ca.1836-44 pencil and white chalk on paper prepared with a grey wash
Donated by Ms. Eiko Yamamoto

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