Prints and Drawings
About the AGO's Prints and Drawings Collection
The AGO's Prints and Drawings collection covers the entire history of works on paper in the West from the 1400s to the present day, and intersects with all the other collecting areas. The collection is housed in the Marvin Gelber Print and Drawing Study Centre and vault. This resource facility makes accessible the collection of over 20,000 prints, drawings and watercolours, as well as over 50,000 photographs.
The Prints and Drawings collection has been built over the past 40 years, and has attained depth and distinction in several areas. Grounded in a strong collection of European prints, drawings, watercolours and pastels, the main strengths of the AGO's holdings are from artists in the Italian (1500s–1700s), French (1600s-1800s) and British (1700s-1900s) schools, as well artists associated with the Dutch and German schools. Among the leading artists represented by drawings are Michelangelo, François Boucher, John Constable, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Thomas Gainsborough, Paul Gauguin, Vasily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele and Vincent van Gogh. The Thomson Collection at the AGO includes important drawings by Peter Paul Rubens and Willem van de Velde. Large collections of Canadian artists' works on paper include those of Greg Curnoe, Betty Goodwin, David Milne, Michael Snow, Walter Trier, F.H. Varley and David Blackwood.
The Prints and Drawings collection also contains several series of international importance including French ballet designs of the early 1600s for the court of Versailles by Daniel Rabel, politically charged works from Cologne Dada artists, and a broad selection of works on paper by Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore and Robert Motherwell. Other important international collections include French and English caricatures, Victorian reproductive engravings, posters, and large groups of prints by Rembrandt, Francisco GoyaJames Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, James Tissot, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, James McNeill Whistler, Ernst Barlach and Käthe Kollwitz.