Spanning the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries, the art collection includes over 65,000 original artworks from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In addition, there are large collections of artworks by British caricaturists George Cruikshank and Max Beerbohm and typographer, engraver, and sculptor Eric Gill. Extensive holdings of book and fine press illustrations include images for the Golden Cockerel Press, the Limited Editions Book Club, and designs by such artists as E. H. Shepard and Arthur Rackham. The collection of early modern Mexican art contains paintings, drawings, and prints by such artists as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Miguel Covarrubias, Rufino Tamayo, and José Guadalupe Posada's popular Corridos y Calaveras. The European popular imagery collection contains over three centuries of more than 700 prints from nine countries. The Carleton Lake art collection holds important works by modern French artists and the avant-garde, including a large collection of drawings by Jean Cocteau. Texas artists represented in the collections include Tom Lea, Elisabet Ney, and Frank Reaugh. The art collection also holds a significant collection of early twentieth-century posters that graphically illustrate WWI, WWII, the Spanish Civil War, and colorful travel destinations in Europe and Central America.
The Reading Room Will Be Closed:
May 17-May 26, 2014
May 31, 2014
July 4-5, 2014
Always closed on Sundays