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"Confound the Line"

The Photo-Graphics of the New School of Wood Engraving


Exhibition in the print room
14 September 12 – 6 January 13

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Confound the Line


"Confound the Line"
The Photo-Graphics of the New School of Wood Engraving

14 September 2012 – 6 January 2013 (Gallery of Prints and Drawings)

The wood engraving, the illustrative medium of the nineteenth century, fell into disrepute at the start of the twentieth. Critics saw in it nothing but an inferior, industrial mass product. The exhibition at the Wallraf recalls the great importance of this forgotten medium, which was centred in Leipzig, the city of books. Many of the wood engravers of the time had to leave Germany for political reasons, emigrating to America, where their medium was widely disseminated by the ‘New School’. The show in the Graphisches Kabinett concentrates on the best-known exponents. On display are some 30 works by artists such as Timothy Cole, Henry Wolf, Gustav Kruell, Frederic Juengling and Elbridge Kinsley.

The exhibition is being curated by the Düsseldorf-based draughtsman Alexander Roob, who has founded an institute of his own to research the wood engraving. The works on show all come from his extensive collection.

Images

Bilder Roob

Gustav Kruell (1843 – 1907), Porträt von Abraham Lincoln (auf einer Fotografie von Samuel M. Fassett basierend), 1891, Holzstich auf Japanpapier, signierter HandabzugHenry Wolf (1852 – 1916), Porträt von Henry Irving, 1900, Holzstich auf Japanpapier, signierter HandabzugHenry Wolf (1852 – 1916), Boulevard des Italiens (nach Pierre Georges Jeanniot), 1891, Holzstich auf Japanpapier, signierter HandabzugHenry Wolf (1852 – 1916), Bildnis der Mutter von Whistler (nach dem Gemälde James McNeill Whistler), 1905, Holzstich auf Japanpapier, signierter HandabzugFrederick Juengling (1846 – 1931), Der alte Bauer und seine Tochter (nach Wilhelm Leibl), 1880, Holzstich / Wood Engraving

The Print Room

Exhibitions in the Print Room


Exhibitions in the Print Room


Like all art done on paper, the holdings of the Graphic Collection at the Wallraf must for conservational reasons be kept like "hidden treasures" in cupboards and cases.



In order however to show you these treasures on a more regular basis, the Wallraf has opened its own dedicated Print Room with regularly changing exhibitions. It is located at the centre of the Baroque Department on the second floor.

The Graphic Collection at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum



The Graphic Collection at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud embraces art on paper and parchment in all its variations.
Given the wealth of works by important artists from the great eras of art history, covering the whole range of drawing techniques and media, it is clear just how far the medium of drawing reveals the true vitality and imagination of human creativity.

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