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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 to Sunday, July 22, 2018


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In the late nineteenth century, French printmaker Félix Buhot effected a kind of sorcery on his etching plates, making each impression into a unique work of art simply by varying the inking technique and the inks and papers used. With his evocative, atmospheric scenes of stormy piers and urban streetscapes, he dissolved classic distinctions between figure and ground in ways that challenge the limits of the etching medium.

This special exhibition of approximately 60 etchings drawn from the collection of Charles Hack and the Hearn Family Trust, with several Smart examples included, is presented as part of the Museum’s spring project Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground. It offers a glimpse of Buhot’s extraordinary, evolving artistic process over multiple states and variations of the same print.

Curated by Anne Leonard, Senior Curator of European Art and Director of Publications and Research, along with students in her Nineteenth-Century Prints class taught in winter 2018.

Support for this exhibition has been provided by Mary Smart and the Smart Family Foundation of New York and by the Smart Museum’s Pamela and R. Christopher Hoehn-Saric Exhibition Fund. Additional support has been provided by the Museum’s SmartPartners.

Presented in the Janis Kanter and Thomas McCormick Gallery

Image: Félix Buhot, A Landing in England (Une Jetée en Angleterre), 1879, Etching on paper, Left B 132, II. Collection of Hearn Family Trust.