Amon Carter exhibit highlights modern works on paper

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by GARY COGILL / WFAA

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Posted on March 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 23 at 5:47 PM

FORT WORTH — From watercolors to pastels, a rare exhibit is currently on display through May at The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

Called "American Moderns On Paper," the exhibit features works by modernists on paper rather than canvas.

One such work includes Georgia O'Keefe's 1926 pastel titled Slightly Open Clam Shell, a deeply personal work. She often painted treasured objects she found on the beach.

There is also Edward Hopper's 1932 piece called Marshall's House, which details a cottage down the street from where he was living off the coast of Cape Cod. At first glance, the piece shows what appears to be an ordinary farm house. A closer looks reveals a house filled with wonder and color. Rather than paint the home from the front, Hopper opted to capture the back.

Jacob Lawrence painted the evocative watercolor Rain in 1937, which was when he was only 20 years old. Lawrence painted what he saw and knew in his own neighborhood. In the case of Rain, Lawrence painted water leaking through the roof of an apartment in Harlem.

It is the attention to detail that makes Andrew Wyeth's 1956 watercolor titled Granddaughter special. The painting shows a grandfather and a granddaughter, and the entire frame is completely filled with respect.

There are  100 modernist works on paper in the fascinating, ongoing Amon Carter exhibit. All masterworks on loan from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, and each piece was created between 1910 and 1960.

E-mail: gcogill@wfaa.com

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