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Focus on the Collection: Expressionist Landscapes
October 14, 2011–January 15, 2012

Focus on the Collection: Expressionist Landscape brings together a dozen drawings and prints dating from 1907 to 1928 that highlight a bold new treatment of landscape in the graphic arts. Included in the exhibition are pastel, watercolor and ink drawings, etchings, drypoints, lithographs, and a woodcut. In the early decades of the 20th century, German Expressionist artists espoused a new approach to art that was personal and confrontational, making a radical break from tradition. The featured artists—Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Erich Heckel, Otto Müller, and Emil Nolde—were of different backgrounds and generations, but shared an intense subjectivity toward their surroundings that is apparent in their art. World War I broke the momentum of the original Expressionist movements, yet the artists' commitment to graphic media remained a constant, as did their chosen subject matter, which included the urban scenes and pastoral landscapes on view in this exhibition.

Curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, with Anne Jost-Fritz, Research Assistant, Focus on the Collection: Expressionist Landscape will be on view from October 14, 2011 through January 15, 2012 in Gallery 321.

The Museum's collection includes over 14,000 prints, drawings, and photographs, which are exhibited on a rotating basis, as in this series of "Focus on the Collection" exhibitions. Works on paper may also be viewed by appointment in the recently reopened Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs on the fourth floor of the Cass Gilbert building.

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