European Prints and Drawings
- Prints Room
This selection of prints and drawings from the Gallery's permanent collection features a number of French and German artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
A charcoal and pastel rendition by Degas of two ballet dancers preparing to perform, Deux Danseuses en Buste, invites comparision with the more intimist (private) concerns of Vuillard and Bonnard. The quiet pathos of Picasso's etching, Cheval Mourant, contrasts strongly with the intense emotional pain of the woodcut by Käthe Köllwitz, Die Eltern (The Parents). Complementing the French connection is a bronze sculpture by Renoir, La Petit Venus Debout (Small Standing Venus).
These artworks are perennial favourites with visitors, and a stark reminder of times when such works were affordable to South African art museums.