"SEEING the WORLD: 1820-1930" featuring 22 etchings, lithographs and aquatints, many of which are displayed for the first time, were selected from the Blanden Memorial Art Museum's permanent collection and will be on display beginning Tuesday.
On display will be etchings of Chinatown in downtown San Francisco in 1922; of the Khyber Pass, a mountain pass connecting Afghanistan with Pakistan in 1882; of the Fontainebleau Forest near Paris in 1874; and of East Hampton, Long Island, New York in 1870.
There are two women in this exhibit: Mary Nimmo Moran and Karoline Tintner. Moran, a Scottish immigrant, signed her work M.N. Moran to overcome gender bias. She was the wife of Thomas Moran, an English immigrant, one of the most famous American Romantic painters of the 19th century, but, more importantly she was a skilled artist.
This Charles William Bartlett etching, “Khyber Pass,”?done in 1882, will be among 22 etchings, lithographs and aquatints — an etching method that produces tones similar to watercolor washes — that will be on display at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum beginning Tuesday.
Karoline Tintner, was born and raised in a diversely successful Viennese family. Her etching displays an exceptional understanding of architecture. At the age of 62, in 1943, she was arrested and sent to Terezin Concentration Camp where she was killed.
Often these etchings are scenes sketched when the artists were far from home and then, at a later date, the sketches were refined, etched and finally printed in limited editions of 20 or 50 prints.
Often artists used their initial on-site sketches to create paintings and murals when they returned home to their studios.
If you go:
What: "SEEING?the WORLD:?1820-1930"
When: Tuesday through December
Where: Blanden Memorial Art Museum
Cost: Free admission; open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Creating an etching was yet another method to capture what was seen in a way that was affordable for the public to purchase at art galleries. Or, perhaps the etching was sold to a newspaper or a magazine for reprint with an accompanying article. Or, maybe the etching was sold to a book publisher to illustrate a novel or text on travel.
These essentially city and landscape scenes may be of familiar territories near the artist's home. Or, the city and landscape scenes may have been created by an artist traveling great distances, and perhaps to very unfamiliar cultures, where language and customs made communication and action challenging.
In 1820, 192 years ago, overseas travel was not easy. Transportation on tall-masted, sailing ships and stage coach took weeks and often, depending on the distance, months. Health, safety and political issues were numerous.
Even in 1930, only 82 years ago, in the period between World War I and World War II, at the start of the 1930s there were many traveling obstacles: such as, world-wide economic depression, the technological beginnings of commercial airplanes made flying risky adventures, and railroads still in disarray from war bombings, revolutions, and general sabotage.