Early Impressions: 19th- and 20th-Century Prints from the Collection

January 2 – March 7, 2013

Education Gallery
Made possible by the Alliance of the Swope

Early Impressions: 19th- and 20th- Prints from the Collection
will present works in the collection by artists such as Frank Benson, Martin Lewis, Thomas Hart Benton, Reginald Marsh, Fannie Blumberg, Joseph Pennell, John Costigan, and Leonard Baskin. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view works from the collection that are rarely on view due to the susceptibility of works on paper to damage when under light.

Etching, a printmaking technique perhaps most famously used by Rembrandt, had a resurgence of interest among artists in the mid-nineteenth century, seen in the exhibition in works by Joseph Pennell, George L. Brown, and Frederick Stuart Church. The exhibition also includes examples of lithographs, a medium that allowed for a larger edition (the number of impressions produced) than etching, by Thomas Hart Benton and George Bellows. Two prints done in the dry point technique by leading early twentieth century printmaker Martin Lewis, who taught etching techniques to Edward Hopper, will also be on view. More information about printmaking techniques will be available in the exhibition.