Los Angeles

“Old Master Drawings”

Art Gallery of the University of California, Santa Bar­bara

A selection of European drawings of the 16th through the 19th centuries on loan from the collections of R. M. Light and Company of Boston and Scottsdale and the Helene C. Seiferheld Gallery, Inc., of New York. The 31 works shown demonstrate a wide variety of media ranging from the detailed pen and bistre Study Sheet of Trees by the 17th century Italian, Donato Creti, to the mottled wash drawing of In­terior With Brawling Peasants from the hand of Lambert Doomer (Flemish, 1622–1700). Certainly, many of the drawings were intended simply as observation notes, as in the 16th century Italian Jacopo Pontormo’s Sketch Page of Women and Children; however a num­ber of preliminary studies for further development are witnessed, including the pen and watercolor, View Towards Corfu, by Edward Lear (English, 1812–1888) where wordy descriptions and color notes have been tagged on, but so un­obtrusively that the writing does not detract from the purely pictorial inten­tion of the artist.

The Western European Schools are represented by a variety of themes typi­cal of the long period between Gothic and Impressionistic painting. St. An­thony Exorcising a Witch (Cornelius Bloemaert) and A Mountainous Land­scape With a Hermit Monk (Isaac de Moucheron) seem to be in good com­pany along with The Judgment of Paris (School of Fontainbleau) and A_ Roman Capriccio_ (Hendrick van Cleve).

––Vern Swanson