The Northwestern University Library is partnering with ARTstor to share 118 images of sketches by Catalan artist Ramón Casas (1866-1932) in the Digital Library. These sketchbooks document the work of an under-represented artist who was influential in modernist art circles in Barcelona and Paris along with his peers John Singer Sargent, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and the young Pablo Picasso. The images will also be included in ARTstor’s Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program.
Three bound hardcover volumes of sketches came to the Northwestern University Library in 1998 as part of a donation of books that had belonged to NU benefactor Charles Deering (1852-1927). Deering and Casas met in 1904 and established a lifelong friendship. At some point before the donation, a few hundred loose Casas drawings, postcards, and illustrated letters dating from 1891 to 1912 were bound into their current form. There were at least five volumes in the set; two remain in private collections. The collection of sketches by Ramón Casas is made available through a collaboration among the departments of Special Collections, Digital Collections, and the Art Collection.