Originality by Subscription: l’Estampe originale

November 19, 2011 - December 31, 2011
Lamar Dodd Gallery

This exhibition of works on paper from the museum’s permanent collection, originally printed in l’Estampe originale, a quarterly started in March 1893 in France, focuses on the circumstances that coalesced to make the quarterly such a success. The print portfolio was, in a sense, the culmination of a century-long revival that brought printmaking to the forefront of artistic practice in France. The exhibition also examines the revolutionary use of color in the portfolio’s prints. Printing in multiple colors had existed for quite some time; however, in the 1890s artists began using color in an explosion of creative experimentation. By 1893, when l’Estampe originale began publication, color printing—particularly in the medium of lithography—was readily available and charged with aesthetic possibilities. The show includes more than 40 works by such masters as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Odilon Redon, James McNeill Whistler, Camille Pissarro and Paul Gauguin. 


The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art