Printmakers in the Cafés of Paris

February 27-August 22, 2012

Armand Séguin (French, 1869-1903), The Café, 1893. Etching, aquatint and roulette. Gift of Samuel Josefowitz in tribute to Brett Waller and Ellen Lee, 1998.219.

The prints gathered in Printmakers in the Cafés of Paris explore the interest of Pont-Aven School artists in the nightlife of fin-de-siècle Paris, as well as their engagement with its most innovative portrayer, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

The artists in the Pont-Aven School were drawn to the rugged landscape of Brittany, and the colorful traditions of the Breton people provided a continual source of inspiration. Although the Pont-Aven artists appreciated the isolation of Brittany, they also reveled in the intellectual and social life of Paris in the 1880s and 1890s. The prints gathered in the exhibition reveal the affinity that Pont-Aven School artists felt for the pleasures and entertainments of modern urban life, which provided an alternative to the nostalgic, rural Breton themes for which they are primarily known.

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