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A Summer of Printmaking featuring The Prints of Jacques Callot

and mezzotints and chromolithographs from the permanent collection

This summer the Frick galleries will feature The Prints of Jacques Callot comprised of 35 etchings made by 17th-century master Jacques Callot (1592–1635) who revolutionized printmaking.

One of the first artists to gain fame exclusively through prints, Callot made over 1400 prints in his relatively short career. His work reflects the mannerist elegance of the late Renaissance moving into the theatricality of the Baroque. Marked by keen wit, incisive observations, and social criticism, his prints have been hugely influential on succeeding generations of artists, including Goya, whose Disasters of War is indebted to Callot’s series of prints Miseries of War.

This traveling exhibition on loan from the Reading Public Museum features a selection of Callot’s prints depicting landscapes, noble ladies, beggars, theater scenes, religious images, military, and war scenes.

The Prints of Jacques Callot will be presented in conjunction with two complementary exhibitions assembled from the Frick’s permanent collection of 18th-century mezzotints and 19th-century prints. A selection of fine 18th-century English mezzotints purchased by Henry Clay Frick in the early twentieth century will be combined with English portraiture in the collection for a fascinating and gossipy look at who-was-who in 18th-century England.

The Frick’s complete folio Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Rouen, and Drawn from Nature on Stone by Thomas Shotter Boys will be exhibited together for the first time in 20 years.  These 29 chromolithographs by Thomas Shotter Boys (1803–1874) are technically brilliant, full of charming detail, and give a glimpse into the sights tourists of the early 19th century would have admired whether traveling, or leafing through Boys’ groundbreaking publication.

Together these three exhibitions span over 200 years and provide a look at three different centuries as observed by artists working in different forms and for different purposes, yet all illustrating the importance of the printmaker in observing, recording, publishing and disseminating a distinct view of the world.

Thursday, 09 August, 2012

The Frick Art Museum

7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208



Phone: 412-371-0600

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