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Exhibition At The University Of Virginia Art Museum Turns“ The Imagination On Edge”

October 1, 2002--

WHAT: “The Imagination on Edge: European Prints from the Mid-Eighteenth to the Early Twentieth Century”

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 22
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Gallery talk by Stephen Marguiles

WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum, Rugby Road, Charlottesville Virginia – Graphics Gallery

For several years, the University of Virginia Art Museum has concentrated on building a distinguished collection of Old Master prints from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Expanding on this, the museum recently acquired works from the mid-18th century through the 19th century, the beginning of modernism.

“The Imagination on Edge” presents works that, in the words of 19th-century French painter 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.

“The works in the exhibition,” said Stephen Margulies, the museum’s curator of works on paper, “reflect an era of great creativity and contradiction, a period in which science and realism replaced traditional idealism in art and philosophy, while individualism, emotions and imagination were highly valued.”

In the mid- and late-18th century, Henry Fuseli and Giambattista Piranesi produced powerful images that fused classicism and romanticism. Their sense of the rational and serene forms of the past was transformed by the emotion and unfettered imagination of the emerging age.

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 revolutionary forms of artistic expression.

From 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 inspired by his own hallucinations, while Felix Valloton and Kathe Kollwitz created powerful expressionistic prints that combined psychological realism with incisive social commentary. This type of social critique gained a humorous slant courtesy of French and English caricaturists such as Honoré Daumier and George Cruikshank.

On Nov. 17, at 2:00 p.m., Margulies will present a gallery talk on the exhibition. The talk is free and open to the public.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For details about the exhibition or the U.Va. Art Museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the museum Web site at


Photographs and slides are available. Contact Jean Collier at (434) 924 6323 or

Media contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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