Press Kit

Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac
January 27–May 26, 2013

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Deborah Ziska
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Curator Biography

Margaret Morgan Grasselli
Curator of Old Master Drawings
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, curator of old master drawings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, is the co-curator of Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac and co-editor of the accompanying catalogue.

Before coming to the Gallery in 1980 as a Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Grasselli was a graduate student at Harvard University and worked as a curatorial assistant in both the drawing department and the print department at the university's Fogg Art Museum. Grasselli has written and lectured widely on European drawing and printmaking with special emphasis on French master drawings of the 18th century and the art of Antoine Watteau and his circle. Prior to becoming a permanent member of the Gallery's staff in 1984, Grasselli was the guest curator for the international exhibition Watteau, 1684–1721 (1984), which was presented at the National Gallery of Art before traveling to the Grand Palais in Paris and Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin.

Grasselli has organized several exhibitions for the Gallery, including The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection (19951996); The Drawings of Annibale Carracci (1999); Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France (2004); Private Treasures, Four Centuries of European Master Drawings (2007);Renaissance to Revolution: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500–1800 (2009–2010); and Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1525–1835 (2011). She wrote or edited the accompanying catalogues to those exhibitions and has contributed entries and essays to many other publications, both at the Gallery and at other museums, most notably Mastery and Elegance: Two Centuries of French Drawings from the Collection of Jeffrey E. Horvitz (19981999) for the Harvard University Art Museums; Watteau and His World, French Drawing from 1700 to 1750 (19992000) for the American Federation of Arts; and Vernet to Villon, Nineteenth-Century French Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Art (2012) for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma.

Grasselli received a PhD in 1987 from Harvard University. In 1989 she was the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Curatorial Fellow at the National Gallery of Art.

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