At The University Of Virginia Art Museum Turns“ The Imagination
October 1, 2002--
on Edge: European Prints from the Mid-Eighteenth to the Early Twentieth
Saturday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 22
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Gallery talk by Stephen Marguiles
University of Virginia Art Museum, Rugby Road, Charlottesville Virginia
– Graphics Gallery
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.
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.
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.
about the exhibition or the U.Va. Art Museum, call (434) 924-3592
or visit the museum Web site at www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.
and slides are available. Contact Jean Collier at (434) 924 6323
contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298