Original Prints by Rembrandt, Renoir, Whistler, Degas, Goya, Manet, Cezanne and more!
Carefully stored away and sheltered from damaging light, Telfair Museums holds a treasure trove of fine prints by some of the most widely known artists in all of Western art history. This exceptional exhibit at the Telfair Academy includes original etchings, lithographs and wood engravings on paper by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Goya, and others. It also features American printmakers, such as Whistler and Bellows, and a special selection focused on the South. The exhibit includes one of the most recognizable images in the world, Adam and Eve, by Albrecht Dürer.
The greatest of the Dutch Old masters and one of the most influential artists in all Western art history, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is known for his compelling paintings and for his virtuosic talent as a printmaker. Nowhere is his printmaking skill as evident as it is in The Flight into Egypt, A Night Piece, a biblical scene depicting Mary, Joseph, and infant Jesus fleeing from King Herod. The print was acquired by Telfair Museums in January 2015 as part of a new fundraising event presented by the Gari Melchers Collector’s Society called “A Collectors’ Evening.”
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828) served as the official court painter for the Spanish king. He documented the atrocities of war in a series of 85 prints called The Disasters of War, which took 10 years to complete. The print Sera lo Mismo from the series depicts the brutality witnessed during Spain’s struggle for independence from France.
The artist Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528) is most famous for his prints and for almost single-handedly developing and formalizing a graphic vocabulary. Most previous prints were conceived as dark marks on white paper. Dürer developed a system of graphic marks that created a middle tone and forms that were seen as receding into or emerging from darkness. His craftsmanship in using these techniques and others is illustrated in Adam and Eve.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903) frequently used antique paper of various tones to achieve different results. He is called the father of the “Etching Revival,” a movement that reclaimed printmaking as a form of high art at a time when it was used for such “low” purposes as advertisements for beer and other mundane merchandise.
Adam and Eve, 1504
Engraving on paper
9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches
Gift of Julianna F. Waring, 1972.23.8