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Si amanece; nos Vamos. (When day breaks we will be off.)</em>, Francisco José Goya y Lucientes, 1796-1797.

Si amanece; nos Vamos. (When day breaks we will be off.), Francisco José Goya y Lucientes, 1796-1797.

Graphic Masters: Dürer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya, Picasso, R. Crumb

Thu Jun 9 – Sun Aug 28 2016

Seattle Art Museum

Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries

Representative pieces by six important artists—whose work spans the last 500 years—feature in Graphic Masters: Dürer, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Goya, Picasso, R. Crumb, a groundbreaking exhibition for SAM. Our first-ever major show devoted to the graphic arts (two-dimensional works relying on line as a way to create visual impressions) displays a variety of print types, including woodblock, engraving, etching, and aquatint, as well as pen and ink drawings. More than 400 artworks will introduce visitors to revered historical artists, while connecting their work to the innovations of modernism and today’s thriving culture of graphic novels and comics.

Printmaking and drawing allowed artists the room to experiment and to express personal sentiments, and the messages they carry are as remarkable as the virtuosic skill they display. They were made to teach and satirize, to inspire and titillate, to share dramatic narratives and visualize profound emotions. Though the featured artists are also known for painting, graphic arts were central to their careers and legacies.

From the earliest artist, German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer, to the latest, contemporary comic legend R. Crumb, Graphic Masters explores how some of the best-known artists in history have used the graphic arts to give form to their ideas. Exemplary works from the past half-millennium offer a new perspective on the lasting value of this overlooked art form.

Graphic Masters contains adult themes. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, R. Crumb, 2009.

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb (detail), R. Crumb, 2009.

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb (detail), R. Crumb, 2009.

The Crucifixion from The Large Passion, Albrect Dürer, 1497-1500.

The Crucifixion from The Large Passion, Albrecht Dürer, 1497-1500.

Vanity of Youthful Blood by William Hogarth

Vanity of Youthful Blood, William Hogarth, 1735.

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Mucho hay que chupar. (There is plenty to suck.), Francisco José Goya y Lucientes, 1796-1797.

Blind Minotaur Led by a Little Girl in the Night by Pablo Picasso

Blind Minotaur Led by a Little Girl in the Night, Pablo Picasso, November 1934.

The Resurrection, from The Large Passion (detail), Albrecht Dürer, 1510

The Resurrection, from The Large Passion (detail), Albrecht Dürer, 1510.

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El sueño de la razon produce monstruos. (The sleep of reason produces monsters.), Francisco José Goya y Lucientes, 1796-1797.

Self-portrait with Saskia by Rembrandt van Rijn

Self-portrait with Saskia, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1636.

Rembrandt and Woman with a Veil by Pablo Picasso

Rembrandt and Woman with a Veil, Pablo Picasso, 1934.

Artists in China begin using woodblock printing to layer text on fabrics

ca. 200

The German Johannes Gutenberg invents the printing press

ca. 1440

Artists of the Rhine Valley in Germany develop engraving

mid-15th c.

The Gutenberg Bible is the first substantial book printed using movable type

1454/1455

Drypoint is in use, and quickly mastered by Dürer

late 15th c.

Swiss artist Urs Graf produces the earliest dated etching

1513

Dürer's Knight, Death, and Devil engraving

1513

Rembrandt's Christ Healing the Sick etching and drypoint

ca. 1647-1649

Hogarth’s Harlot’s Progress engraving series

1732

French printmaker Jean-Baptiste Le Prince produces the first aquatint

1768

Goya’s Caprichos prints are the first to explore the tonal range of aquatint

1799

Commercial photography

1839

Dell Publishing issues Famous Funnies, the first modern comic book

1933

Picasso’s Vollard Suite

1937

R. Crumb's The Book of Genesis

2004-2009


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IMAGES:Los Caprichos: Si amanece; nos Vamos. (When day breaks we will be off.), 1796-1797, Francisco José Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746-1828, etching, burnished aquatint, and burin on cream laid paper, 7 7/8 × 5 7/8 in. Private Collection. The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, 2009, R. Crumb, pen and ink on paper, 18 × 14 1/2 × 1 3/4 in., © R. Crumb 2016, Collection of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb (detail), 2009, R. Crumb, pen and ink on paper, 18 × 14 1/2 × 1 3/4 in., © R. Crumb, Collection of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The Crucifixion, from The Large Passion, 1497-1500, Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471-1528, woodcut, 17 3/8 × 11 15/16 in., Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Khuner Collection, Gift of Mrs. George Khuner, 1975, © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Image source: Art Resource, NY. Vanity of Youthful Blood (detail), 1735, William Hogarth, English, 1697-1764, etching and engraving, 14 3/16 x 16 1/8 in., Seattle Art Museum, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection, 33.713. Mucho hay que chupar. (There is plenty to suck.), 1796-1797, Francisco José Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746-1828, etching and burnished aquatint, 7 15/16 × 5 7/8 in., Private Collection. Blind Minotaur Led by a Little Girl in the Night, 1934, Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973, aquatint, 13 3/8 × 17 1/2 in., Collection of ICO Madrid, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. The Resurrection, from The Large Passion (detail), 1510 Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471-1528, woodcut, 17 3/8 × 12in., Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The George Khuner Collection, Gift of Mrs. George Khuner, 1975 (1975.653.22). © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Image source: Art Resource, NY. Los Caprichos: El sueño de la razon produce monstruos. (The sleep of reason produces monsters.), 1799, Francisco José Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746-1828, etching and aquatint, 8 3/8 × 5 7/8 in., Private Collection, Photo: Elizabeth Mann. Self-portrait with Saskia (detail), 1636, Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606-1669, etching, 4 1/8 x 3 5/8 in., Manson F. Backus Memorial Collection, Photo: Elizabeth Mann, 35.18. Rembrandt and Woman with a Veil, 1934, Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973, etching, 13 3/8 × 17 1/2 in., Collection of ICO, Madrid, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. The Pen ts'ao (detail), 1249 C.E, woodblock print. Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg made after his death (detail), [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Blumen-Dame (detail), photo, [Public domain], via Encyclopædia Britannica Online. The beginning of the Gutenberg Bible (detail), volume 1, Old Testament, Epistle of St. Jerome, from a scan at the Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin, [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons. The Holy Family with St John, The Magdalen and Nicodemus (detail), 1510, Albrect Dürer, image from Rijksmuseum, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Naked female fiddler with an old fool from Basel (detail), 1523, Urs Graf, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Ritter, Tod und Teufel (Knight, Death and Devil) (detail), 1513-1514, Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471-1528, engraving, 9 9/16 x 7 3/8 in., Private Collection. Christ Healing the Sick (The Hundred Guilder Print) (detail), circa 1646-1650, Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606-1669, etching, drypoint and burin on paper, 15 in. x 11 in, image from Rijksmuseum, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. The Harlot Finds a Protector (detail), 1732, William Hogarth, English, 1697-1764, engraving, 12 3/8 x 15 1/16 in., Gift of Lloyd Spencer, 44.298. Oeuvres de Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, peintre du Roi, 1782, Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, French, 1734-1781, etching, overall 22 3/8 x 16 9/16 x 1 3/16., Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jacob H. Schiff Bequest. 22.64.1. Los Caprichos: El sueño de la razon produce monstruos. (The sleep of reason produces monsters.) (detail), 1799 1796-1797, Francisco José Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746-1828, etching and aquatint, 8 3/8 × 5 7/8 in., Private Collection, Photo: Elizabeth Mann. Susse Frére camera in the collection of the Westlicht Photography Museum in Vienna, Austria, by Liudmila & Nelson, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Cover of Famous Funnies #1 (Jul 1934 Eastern Color Printing), Art by Jon Mayes, [Fair Use], via Wikimedia Commons. Portrait of Vollard, II, 1937, Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973, aquatint, 17 1/2 × 13 3/8 in., Collection of ICO, Madrid, © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, 2009, R. Crumb, pen and ink on paper, 18 × 14 1/2 × 1 3/4 in., Collection of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.