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Prints and Drawings Study Center

The F. Paul Norton and Frederic P. Norton Family Prints and Drawings Study Center houses the museum’s collection of works on paper, including more than 500 prints gifted by Frederic P. “Nick” Norton between 1998 and 2000. While we are currently unable to accept visitors to the Center, you can view examples of the works in the collection below.

Classic Printmaking

Classic printmaking refers to the process of rendering an image on a ground and then transferring it to a sheet of paper or other material. This grouping features examples from the mid-17th century to the late 19th century, providing an excellent introduction to artistic variations within the medium. 

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Impressionist Prints

Many Impressionist and post-Impressionist artists were influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e printmaking and incorporated aspects of this genre’s compositional elements into their work. This grouping features works by some of the most predominant artists from this period.

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Intaglio Printmaking

Intaglio printmaking—a process in which a relief is cut into a surface so that it can retain ink—is one of the oldest known forms of graphic art. This grouping, which includes works from the early 16th century to the 20th century, provides an introduction to this style of printmaking.

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Pop Art Prints

Pop artists abandoned traditional modes of printmaking such as etching and woodcut in favor of more commercial approaches to the medium. This grouping features works by some of the most prominent Pop artists who explored the printed medium.

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  • Installation view Rembrandt to Rauschenberg: The Norton Print Collection

    The Norton Family Print Collection

    From 1998 to 2000, Frederic P. Norton gifted 587 works on paper, including two major portfolios by Odilon Redon and Georges Rouault.

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  • Frederic P. Norton

    Frederic P. Norton

    Frederic P. “Nick” Norton shared a lifelong love of collecting with his father, F. Paul Norton. 

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