In the 15th century, particular during the Renaissance and Mannerism, artists, critics and collectors began to attach a particular value to drawing. Above all it was valued as a method of studying and testing a design. In art theory, its value is seen in the correlation between an idea (concetto) and drawing (disegno) as an artistic achievement, an act of creation. Over the course of the following centuries, the medium gained more and more autonomy in relation to painting and the creative scope was broadened: colour and various techniques such as pen, pastel, chalk or watercolour opened up new artistic possibilities.
The drawn line as an artistic medium serves to reduce the subject to a few lines and contours. The line itself is always abstract. But only with the onset of modernity did artists begin to go beyond the representational, to abstract, alienate and seek individual forms of expression. Galerie Michael Haas has selected numerous drawings from the 19th, 20th and 21st century, by artists who have found their artistic identity through free, non-representational, abstract, surreal or realistic works particularly or exclusively in the medium of drawing. The selection includes Georges Seurat, Adolph von Menzel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Hans Uhlmann, Arnulf Rainer, Georg Baselitz, Gary Kuehn, Leonard Baskin, Konrad Klapheck as well as David Nicholson, John Isaacs, Hipkiss, Thomas Palme, Dirk Lange and many other artists.