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American Prints from the 1920s and 1930s: Selections from the Permanent Collection

February 20 to March 25, 2001

Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond Museums


American printmaking experienced a surge in popularity during the 1920s and 1930s, when many artists began looking to their own environments as subject matter. Urban and country life, realistic or idealized, appeared in the work of Social Realist and Regionalist artists. Their images were used as illustrations for novels, poetry, short stories and advertisements. Influential to the style and quality of printmaking at this time was the immigration of artists from Europe. Of the nine printmakers represented in this exhibition, three were born abroad and one spent his childhood in Germany before returning to America in the late 1930s. Their origins are as varied as their media - etching, aquatint, wood engraving, and woodcut.

We would like to thank the many donors who generously gave these prints, woodblocks, and books to the Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond Museums. Thanks also goes to Dr. Welford Dunaway Taylor who lent advertisement tear sheets featuring a few of Rockwell Kent's images. The exhibition was co-curated by N . Elizabeth Schlatter, Assistant Director of University Museums, and Meg McLemore (AW 'O 1 ), on art history and studio art major.

Richard Waller
Executive Director
University of Richmond Museums

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University of Richmond Museums


Richmond, Virginia


American printmaking, 1920s, 1930s, Will Barnet, Charles Burchfield, Lyonel Feininger, Rockwell Kent, Reginald Marsh, William Schwanekamp, J.J. Lankes, John W. Winkler


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American Prints from the 1920s and 1930s: Selections from the Permanent Collection

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