by N.F. Karlins
French drawings from the 19th century abound in the permanent collections of both the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Now these Baltimore institutions have joined together in presenting a two-venue show of about 150 works titled "The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas."
The two museums freely swapped works for the show. Preparatory drawings, studies and a variety of experimental works are at the Walters while, a short cab ride away, more finished and market-oriented sheets are at the Baltimore Museum of Art.