Imagination on Edge:
European Prints from 1745 to 1901
by Stephen Margulies, Curator of Works on Paper
Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m.
In the Museum
Museum has for many years concentrated on building a distinguished
and beautiful collection of old master prints from the Renaissance
and Baroque periods. In recent years, however, we have acquired
exciting material from the mid-eighteenth century, the Age
of Jefferson, through the nineteenth century, the beginning
Imagination on Edge presents works that, in the words
of Eugene Delacroix, demonstrate the creative imagination
"on edge" -- the risk and intensity of creating
or beginning to create a new world of art and understanding.
In the mid and late eighteenth century, Fuseli and Piranesi
produced powerful images that fused classicism and romanticism.
In the early and later nineteenth century such artists as
Delacroix, John Martin, Francisco Goya, Carl Kolbe, Jean Baptiste
Camille Corot, and Eugene Isabey explored the realms of nature
and fantasy, combining new printing techniques with new forms
of artistic expression.
the second half of the century to the beginning of our own
period, printmakers like Samuel Palmer, Max Klinger and James
Ensor envisioned worlds of psychological or spiritual reality.
Charles Meryon created Parisian scenes of scientific precision
informed by his own hallucinations of madness, and Felix Valloton
and Kathe Kollwitz created powerful expressionistic prints
that combined psychological realism with incisive social commentary.
Isabey, French, 18031886
Souvenir de St. Valery sur Somme, from Six Marines
Lithograph on chine collé, 11 7/8 x 9 1/2"
Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds, 1996.25.2
Collection University of Virginia Art Museum
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