Saint Louis Art Museum Opens Focus on the Collection. Expressionist Landscape Exhibition

. October 14, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Saint Louis Art Museum presents “Focus on the Collection: Expressionist Landscape” a new exhibition on view October 14, 2011–January 15, 2012.

Focus on the Collection: Expressionist Landscape brings together a dozen drawings and prints dating from 1907 to 1928 that highlight a bold new treatment of landscape in the graphic arts. Included in the exhibition are pastel, watercolor and ink drawings, etchings, drypoints, lithographs, and a woodcut. In the early decades of the 20th century, German Expressionist artists espoused a new approach to art that was personal and confrontational, making a radical break from tradition. The featured artists—Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Erich Heckel, Otto Müller, and Emil Nolde—were of different backgrounds and generations, but shared an intense subjectivity toward their surroundings that is apparent in their art. World War I broke the momentum of the original Expressionist movements, yet the artists’ commitment to graphic media remained a constant, as did their chosen subject matter, which included the urban scenes and pastoral landscapes on view in this exhibition.

Curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, with Anne Jost-Fritz, Research Assistant.

The Museum’s collection includes over 14,000 prints, drawings, and photographs, which are exhibited on a rotating basis.

Image: Otto Müller; Nude Before a Tent; pastel, watercolor, and crayon on heavy wove paper; 19 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Morton D. May 362:1955

Category: Fine Art

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