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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 John Sloan, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Salvador DalĂ­, and Andrew Wyeth, among many others, serve as notable examples of the various styles and subjects pursued by artists in America from 1910 to 1960.

Organized chronologically, the exhibition explores 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 exhibition illuminates not only its historic roots, but also the concurrent national evolution of interest in watercolor and drawings. This special exhibition website offers you the opportunity to explore this remarkable exhibition in greater detail. Watch commentary from the curators, view original material from the museum's archives, or listen to an audio tour discussing selected works.

This exhibition was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius and the Henry Luce Foundation.

Support for the exhibition microsite provided by the Robert Lehman Foundation and the Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation.