Formed as a complement to the museum’s paintings and sculptures, the McNay’s print collection is recognized nationally for its focus on the graphics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as for the overall quality of its holdings. Particular areas of strength are nineteenth-century French and American prints, German Expressionist graphics, and American works on paper of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—especially post-1960. Graphic media represented include works in relief, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, drawings, pastels, and watercolors.
While Mrs. McNay’s founding bequest included a small number of prints, the museum began systematically acquiring prints to form a cohesive collection in 1960. The Friends of the McNay, founded in 1959, have provided funds to buy more than 500 of the museum’s best prints. Other individual donors, including Mary and Sylvan Lang, Jerry Lawson, Margaret Batts Tobin, and Robert L. B. Tobin, greatly enriched the collection with their gifts and bequests. Today, the collection exceeds 3,000 prints and 1,500 drawings, pastels, and watercolors.
Pablo Picasso, Guitar and Wine Glass, 1912. Collage and charcoal on board, 18 7/8 x 14 ¾ in. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay, 1950.112 © 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Erich Heckel, Portrait of a Man, 1919. Woodcut, image 18 3/16 x 12 ¾ in. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of the Friends of the McNay, 1962.7. © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Aristide Bruant aux Ambassadeurs, 1892. Lithograph, image 53 x 36 ¾ in. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Mary and Sylvan Lang Collection, 1975.97
Mary Cassatt, The Letter, 1890-91. Drypoint and aquatint, plate 13 5/8 x 8 7/8 in. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Margaret Batts Tobin, 1978.25
Georgia O’Keeffe, Evening Star No. V, 1917. Watercolor on paper, 8 5/8 x 11 5/8 in. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Bequest of Helen Miller Jones, 1989.36 © 2011 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Jasper Johns, Decoy, 1971. Lithograph, sheet 41 x 29 in. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Jerry Lawson, 1994.126 Art © Jasper Johns and ULAE/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Diego Rivera, Zapata, 1932. Lithograph, image 16 1/8 x 13 1/8 in. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the Cullen Foundation, the Friends of the McNay, Charles Butt, Margaret Pace Willson, and Jane and Arthur Stieren, 2000.60 © 2011 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York