Current, Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951), Exhibitions

Featured Work: Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951)

1 Comment 07 December 2011

[galobj viewid=95] Like the Japanese printmakers he emulated, Henri Rivière worked in series: although he produced a few stand-alone works, most of his oeuvre consisted of albums of prints centered on a particular theme. SBMA is fortunate enough to own prints from nearly all of Rivière’s albums, which can be seen in Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951), on view through January 1, 2012.… read more

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Current, Exhibitions, Permanent Collection, The Etching Revival: France, England and Germany

Featured artist: Félix Bracquemond

No Comments 01 December 2011

Go into Ridley-Tree Gallery between now and mid-February and, at the entrance to the new display space for prints and drawings, you’ll be greeted by this imposing, white-moustached gentleman in a velvet smoking jacket. Who is he, and who is the artist who so skillfully captured his likeness and personality? The subject of the portrait is the writer and art critic Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896), known both for the novels he wrote with his brother Jules and for his writings promoting the appreciation of Japanese and French Rococo art – look carefully and you’ll see examples of both displayed in his study.… read more

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Exhibition Preview, Exhibitions, Permanent Collection

Permanent Collection Preview: Ridley-Tree Gallery Re-Opens

No Comments 09 November 2011

Opens Tuesday, November 15 [galobj viewid=93] Some of the best-known and best-loved works in SBMA’s collection – the French Impressionist paintings – will be back on view soon after a few months’ absence. When Ridley-Tree gallery re-opens next week, you’ll be able to see both old favorites, like Claude Monet’s Charing Cross Bridge, and a few surprises, like Adolphe-William Bouguereau’s Portrait of Mademoiselle Martha Hoskier, a recent acquisition.… read more

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Collection Connection, Current, Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951), Education, Exhibitions

QR Codes at SBMA: Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951)

No Comments 25 October 2011

If you’ve visited SBMA since July, you’ve probably noticed new Collection Connection labels in our galleries. These QR (Quick Response) codes, which can be used with a FREE QR Code Reader on any smart phone, allow you to not only access further information on a particular work, but also to consider your own responses to the art on display. Look for new Collection Connection labels in Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951) (on view until January 1, 2012) to learn more about Rivière’s printmaking process, the mechanics of 19th-century shadow plays, and his life-changing friendship with the Neo-Impressionist painter Paul Signac.… read more

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Current, Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951), Exhibitions

Featured Work: Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951)

No Comments 19 October 2011

I’ve been an inveterate collector of postcards ever since I was a child, so it was probably inevitable that when choosing a favorite piece in Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951) (on view through January 1, 2012) I would pick … a set of postcards. Not just any old postcards, though – this set, which I found still in its original wrappings when I was going through SBMA’s holdings of Rivière’s work last fall in preparation for this exhibition, is special by the standards of any day.… read more

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Current, Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951), Exhibition Preview, Exhibitions

Exhibition Preview: Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864–1951)

2 Comments 29 September 2011

On view through January 1, 2012 [galobj viewid=75] Admiration for Japanese art was a defining characteristic of the Parisian artistic avant-garde in the late nineteenth 19th century. The printmaker Henri Rivière took his appreciation further than most of his compatriots: he taught himself the labor-intensive woodblock technique used by Japanese printmakers and used it (and later color lithography) to produce print albums that deliberately emulated theirs―most famously, Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower, a modern, urban take on Katsushika Hokusai’s celebrated Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.… read more

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Current, Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington, Exhibitions, Featured Artists

Featured Artist: Paul Nash

No Comments 28 June 2011

British, 1889-1946 One of the most important British artists of the first half of the twentieth century, Paul Nash is little known on this side of the Atlantic.  Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington (on view through July 24) offers a rare opportunity to see some of his best work outside Britain, as well as a testament to Wright Ludington’s wide-ranging taste in art.… read more

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Current, Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington, Exhibitions, Featured Artists

Featured Artist: Antoine Bourdelle

2 Comments 12 May 2011

French, 1861-1929 Antoine Bourdelle may not be a household name today, but he occupies an important place in the history of modern art.  A student of Auguste Rodin, the undisputed titan of sculpture in France by the dawn of the twentieth century, his work forms a bridge between Rodin’s realism and the stylized classicism that came to define define one strand of modern sculpture. Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S.read more

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Current, Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington, Exhibitions, Featured Artists

Featured Artist: Henry Moore

No Comments 05 May 2011

British, 1898-1986 Mention Henry Moore and the first images that spring to mind will likely be his monumental sculptures that grace museums and sculpture gardens around the world.  Another side of his work, no less important but much less well known, is on view in Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington (through July 24) – his drawings. The son of a Yorkshire mining engineer who was determined that his children would follow a different path, Moore initially faced parental opposition to his artistic aspirations because they considered sculpture manual labor. … read more

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Current, Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington, Exhibitions, Featured Artists

Featured Artist: Egon Schiele

No Comments 03 May 2011

Austrian, 1890-1918 Egon Schiele, Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Edith, 1915 In a career that lasted just over ten years, Egon Schiele managed to both scandalize and revolutionize the Vienna art world.  His portraits, figure studies and landscapes, whose expressive draftsmanship crackles with tortured intensity, are not only seminal works in the history of Austrian Expressionism, but have exerted a powerful influence on later generations of artists. … read more

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