American Moderns on Paper presents a selection of approximately 100 of the finest watercolors, pastels, and drawings by leading American modernists from the Wadsworth Atheneum's renowned collection of American art. Works by Sloan, O'Keeffe, Hopper, Marin, Dali, and Wyeth, among many others, serve as notable examples of the various styles and subjects pursued by artists in America from 1910 to 1960. The catalogue entries are accompanied by artist biographies. Organized chronologically, and generously illustrated throughout, the catalogue is introduced by two essays exploring the historical significance of the collection and the importance to American modernists of working on paper, rather than canvas. Providing a rich history of the collection, the volume illuminates not only its historic roots, but also the concurrent national evolution of interest in watercolor and drawings.
Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser is Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. Carol Troyen is Kristin and Roger Servison Curator Emerita of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Erin Monroe is Curatorial Fellow in the Department of American Painting and Sculpture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.