May 5, 2011

German Drawings at J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Exhibition: Spirit of an Age 
Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 
J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, Los Angeles
Through June 19, 2011 

CARL BARTH (German, 1787-1853). 
Portrait of Peder Hjort, about 1818-1819. Pencil on wove paper. 
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Image courtesy of the Museum

Unveiling recent acquisitions that reflect a new area of the Museum's collection, this exhibition features about forty German and Austrian drawings and watercolors. The works reflect  the profound changes—intellectual, social, and political—that the Germanic world underwent from about 1770 to 1900. Events such as the publication of the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the formal unification of Germany contributed to shaping the artist's world. Drawing captured the spirit of the age and evolved quite dramatically over the course of this  period, which is rarely showcased by North American museums.  

Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 
March 29 - June 19, 2011

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive