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L’Esprit : Exploring Wit and Beauty in French Prints
Celebrate the joys and foibles of French society and culture between 1830 and 1930, when Paris was the world capital of artistic creativity, innovation and opportunity. The daily life of people “from the city and country, rich and poor, famous and anonymous “grew to become a most popular subject. The exhibition is organized according to several major themes that dominate the museum’s holdings. These include depictions that glorify or ridicule the ever-present French State, landscapes of the monuments and street life found in big towns and cities, bucolic renditions of farm life, the adoration of beautiful women, the love of children and the fruitful relationship that arose between printmaking and literature. This exhibition of spectacular images in the KIA collection is assembled by guest curator Nancy Sojka, retired from the Detroit Institute of Arts as curator of prints and drawings. Among the artists on view are Honoré Daumier, Charles Méryon, Edgar Degas and Paul Gauguin.
Refreshments will be served in the Gallery’s lobby from 5-7pm on September 30th.