GALERIE ST. ETIENNE
PRINT FAIR HIGHLIGHTS 2017
EXPRESSIONIST MASTERS HIGHLIGHT ST. ETIENNE’S BOOTH
The Galerie St. Etienne, the oldest gallery in America specializing in Austrian and German Expressionism, will exhibit a selection of museum-quality etchings, lithographs and woodcuts by some of the movement’s major artists at the IFPDA Print Fair this year.
Highlights include a number of rare and important prints by Otto Dix (Madam), E.L. Kirchner (Sailboats near Fehmarn), Gustav Klimt (Poster for the First Exhibition of the Vienna Secession), Otto Mueller (Gypsy with Child in Front of Covered Wagon and Two Gypsy Children In Front of a Hut) and Egon Schiele (Poster for the 49th Secession Exhibition).
Created twenty years apart, the two Secession posters trace the development of Austrian modernism in the early years of the twentieth century: from Klimt’s Art Nouveau to Schiele’s Expressionism. The three aforementioned works by Kirchner and Mueller epitomize the idealism of the North German Brücke group, depicting idyllic landscapes that, to these artists, offered an alternative to bourgeois urban life.
Less idyllic is a wall of political woodcuts by Käthe Kollwitz, Leonard Baskin and Sue Coe. Coe’s prints highlight the turmoil that has gripped our nation, and the world, since the 2016 election. Baskin and Kollwitz, equally committed to social justice, follow this thread back through the 1950s to Weimar-era Germany. Kollwitz and Coe are the subjects of an exhibition, “All Good Art is Political,” opening at the Galerie St. Etienne on October 26.
In addition to work by Baskin, Coe, Dix, Kirchner, Klimt, Kollwitz, Mueller and Schiele, the Galerie St. Etienne will have available prints by Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Emil Nolde, Hermann Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.