Thursday, April 23, 2009

Printmaking: Edvard Munch and Peers

Today, I visited the Prints and Drawings Room at the Art Institute of Chicago, where you can submit a request to view up to 20 prints/drawings of your choice. I tagged along with my husband, who is taking a class on Edvard Munch through the OLLI program at Northwestern University. His instructor, Lois Gordon, put together a thoughtful selection of art (along with a handout) to complement the ongoing show Becoming Edvard Munch, which closes on Sunday. Lois' selection includes Munch's prints not included in the show as well as some art work of Munch's peers, who may have influenced his work.

Solitude, Loneliness, Melancholy

Edvard Munch. The Girl at the Window. 1894. Drypoint, roulette and burnishing on paper, 219 x 158 mm (plate, 444 x 341 mm (sheet). Clarence Buckingham Collection.

Edvard Munch. Two Human Beings. The Lonely Ones. 1894. Drypoint, roulette, and burnisher on copper plate printed on cream wove paper, 168 x 225 mm (plate), 343 x 480 mm (sheet). Clarence Buckingham Collection.

Edvard Munch. The Girls on the Bridge. 1918. Woodcut in blue and lithography (from multiple stones) in yellow, green, orange and blue on white wove paper, 500 x 430 mm (image), 630 x 528 mm (sheet). Clarence Buckingham Collection.

Edvard Munch. Printed by Lassally (German), late 19th-early 20th century). Melancholy III. 1902. Color woodcut from two blocks, with gouges, chisel and fretsaw, on paper, 377 x 471 mm (image), 440 x 590 mm (sheet). Art Institute of Chicago Prints and Drawings Purchase Fund.

Paul Gauguin. Aha Oe Feli? (What! Are You Jealous?). 1894. Watercolor monotype, with pen and red and black ink on tan Japanese vellum, 195 x 232 mm. Gift of Edward McCormick Blair.

Persona of Women

Edvard Munch. Printed by Petersen and Waitz. Woman (The Sphinx). 1899. Lithograph on paper, 461 x 593 mm (image), 494 x 645 mm (sheet). Clarence Buckingham Collection.

Paul Gauguin. Eve. 1889/90. Gouache on millboard, 170 x 130 mm. Gift of Edward McCormick Blair.


Edvard Munch. Printed by Sabo or Angerer. Women Bathing. 1895. Drypoint with open bite and burnishing on buff wove paper, 125 x 180 mm (image), 220 x 321 mm (plate), 335 x 419 mm (sheet). Clarence Buckingham Collection.

Edvard Munch. Printed by Halvorsen and Larsen. Neutralia. 1915. Color lithograph on paper, 543 x 495 mm (image), 734 x 585 mm (sheet). Robert A. Waller Fund.

Paul Cézanne. Bathers. 1890-1900. Color lithograph on off-white China paper, 230 x 280 mm (image), 294 x 355 mm (sheet). Bequest of Walter S. Brewster.

James Ensor. The Baths at Ostend. 1899. Etching, with hand coloring, on cream wove paper, 212 x 268 mm (image), 225 x 277 mm (plate), 284 x 398 mm (sheet). Gift from the Estate of Curt Valentin.

Paul Gauguin. Printed by Louis Roy. Auti Te Pape (Women at the River), from Noa Noa. 1893-94. Woodcut on boxwood printed in black, yellow and brick red applied with stencils on tan Japanese paper, 207 x 358 mm (image), 246 x 393 mm (sheet). Albert Roullier Memorial Collection.

Edvard Munch. The Forest. 1908/09. Lithograph on paper, 325 x 416 mm (image), 481 x 651 mm (sheet). Clarence Buckingham Collection.

Édouard Manet. Written by Charles Cros, printed by Auguste Delâtre and Cochet, and published by Librarie de l'au-forte. The Mountain, plate 2 from Le Fleuve. 1874. Etching, drypoint and aquatint on ivory laid paper, 74 x 96 mm (image), 78 x 98 mm (plate), 279 x 243 mm (sheet). Gift of Robert M. Light in memory of Harold Joachim.

Paul Gauguin. Mahana Atua (The Day of God). 1894-95. Woodcut printed in black and touched with watercolor in blue, crimson and orange on Japanese paper, 181 x 202 (image), 184 x 205 mm (sheet). Clarence Buckingham Collection.

Vincent van Gogh. Weeping Tree. 1889. Reed pen and black-brown ink, with black chalk on off-white wove paper, 498 x 613 mm. Gift of Tiffany and Margaret Day Blake.

Odilon Redon. Flower Clouds. c. 1903. Pastel, with touches of stumping, incising, and brushwork, on blue-gray wove paper with multi-colored fibers altered to tan, perimeter mounted to cardboard, 445 x 542 mm. Through prior bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection.

Edvard Munch. A Boat Tied to a Pier. 1892. Brush and black and gray wash, over touches of graphite, on tan wove paper, 224 x 159 mm. Restricted gift of Frank B. Hubachek.

James McNeill Whistler. Nocturne. 1878, published 1887. Lithotint, on a prepared half-tint ground, in black with scraping, on blue laid chine, laid down on ivory plate paper, 171 x 259 mm (image), 170 x 258 mm (primary support), 341 x 498 mm (secondary support). Gift of the Crown Family in honor of James N. Wood.

Munch Himself

Edvard Munch. Self-Portrait. n.d. Blue crayon on paper, 265 x 235 mm. Kate S. Buckingham Fund.

Photo Credit: All photos by Amy A. Rudberg, unless otherwise indicated.