Drawing America Presents: Delacroix on 5th Avenue

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Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863), Crouching Tiger, 1839. Pen, brush and iron gall ink, 5 3/16 x 7 3/8 in. (13.1 x 18.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift from the Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix, in honor of Sanford I. Weill, 2013 ​(2013.1135.5).

Drawing America Presents; Delacroix on Fifth Avenue; a lively discussion on the drawings of prominent French Romantic artist Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863). Moderator Allison Wucher, Director of Master Drawings New York, will be in conversation with Ashley Dunn, Assistant Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jill Newhouse of Jill Newhouse Gallery as they reflect on their respective 2018 exhibitions of Delacroix drawings and the enduring influence of his work on artists today.

Ashley Dunn is responsible for nineteenth-century French drawings, prints, and illustrated books at The Met. She was part of the curatorial team that organized Rodin at The Met (2017) and curated Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix (2018). She holds a BA in French from Emory University, an MSt in the history of art and visual culture from the University of Oxford, and a PhD from Northwestern University (2019).

Jill Newhouse Gallery was founded in 1980 and specializes in 19th and 20th century European and American works on paper. Situated in a townhouse across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the gallery maintains an inventory of high quality works by important artists, and has organized regular monographic exhibitions of artists such as Eugène Delacroix (2018), Auguste Herbin (2015), Theodore Géricault (2014), George Segal (2014), J.B.C. Corot (2012), Edouard Vuillard (2012), and Auguste Rodin (2010).


Allison Wucher is the director of Master Drawings New York (MDNY). MDNY is a yearly art event (also established in 2006) that takes place on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and comprises gallery exhibitions and events focused on drawings. Allison joined MDNY in 2016 and has since established a number of partnership events with museums and institutions such as The Met, Morgan Library, Cooper Hewitt, New-York Historical Society, and Drawing New York. Outside of MDNY, Allison runs her own art consulting firm, Silverpoint Fine Art, which focuses on projects relating to drawings, prints, and photographs.

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