My Forenoon Sleep (Elizabeth Logan)

Emil Nolde
Germany, 1867–1956
Watercolor on paper
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, 2007/2.102

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The Eye of the Beholder: European Drawings and Prints from the Pulgram-McSparran Collection

December 19, 2009 through March 14, 2010

The Museum of Art has an outstanding collection of the graphic work of early 20th-century art, particularly the work of the German Expressionists. Complementing this rich array of works are the important prints and drawings that have come to the Museum as part of a gift from the late Ernst Pulgram, former emeritus professor in the University of Michigan Department of Romance and Classical Linguistics, and his wife Dr. Frances McSparran, associate professor and chief editor of the Middle English Compendium. Ernst Pulgram amassed an important collection of European graphic art ranging from Piranesi and Rodin to the German Expressionists and Giacometti. This exhibition follows an earlier exhibition drawn from the Pulgram-McSparran collection that featured drawings by Viennese artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.

The present exhibition includes drawings and prints by artists such as George Grosz, whose Hogarthian critique of post-WWI Germany still sears the mind; Ernst Kirchner, a leading figure in Die Brücke and the German Expressionist movement; and Oskar Kokoschka, whose vigorous style is characteristic of the later generation of Expressionists. Among the group of works are less typical but lyrical landscapes by Kirchner, Lovis Corinth, and Erich Heckel. This second component of the Pulgram-McSparran Collection features the social commentary, bold graphic imagery, and delectation of the female form that is embodied in the work of outstanding European artists from roughly 1920 to 1950.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Charles H. & Katharine C. Sawyer Endowment Fund