Adam von Bartsch after Parmigianino, detail of Entombment of Christi (1784).

Von Bartsch in Context

Hans Sebald Beham, detail of Fountain of Youth and Bathhouse (1536).

What I Like About Prints

Nathan Meltz, detail of Our Good Earth? (2017).

Prix de Print No. 27: Our Good Earth? by Nathan Meltz

  • Manet’s Absinthe Drinker

    Fig. 1. Édouard Manet, The Absinthe Drinker (1858–59/1867–72), oil on canvas 180.5 x 105.6 cm. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

    Why did Édouard Manet choose to send an almost life-size painting of an alcoholic vagrant to the prestigious Paris Salon in 1859 (Fig. 1)? It was his first attempt at the Salon, and it failed. At 27, having left the studio of Thomas Couture in 1856 …Read more

  • Shellshock and Awe

    Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, Banking at 4,000 Feet (1917), lithograph, image 40.3 x 31.8 cm, sheet 51.1 x 40 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Reba and Dave Williams Gift, 1998.

    “World War I and the Visual Arts,” organized by Jennifer Farrell, associate curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings, represented the Met’s main commemoration of the centennial of the American entry into World War I on 6 April 1917 …Read more

  • Memory Work: Louise Bourgeois

    Louise Bourgeois, plate 8 of 9 from the illustrated book Ode à Ma Mère (1995), drypoint, 30 x 30 cm. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. ©2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

    As curator for many years at the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, and eventually the department’s chief, Deborah Wye is well-known in the print world for the many landmark exhibitions she shepherded there …Read more

  • South African Impressions

    Dan Rakgoathe, Cosmic Trinity (1974), linocut, 36.5 x 36.5 cm. Johannesburg Art Gallery, PELMAMA Permanent Art Collection. Image courtesy of The Haenggi Foundation.

    What began as a vacation to South Africa last summer swiftly, and probably inevitably, morphed into an opportunity to learn about the country’s robust printmaking culture. I am by no means a specialist in South African art and this survey is simply an introduction …Read more