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PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900

PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900 documents a new era of printmaking for the turn of the century, as well as the desire of the arts and literary journal’s founders to elevate graphic arts to the same level as the academic fine art of its day. PAN, published in Berlin, attracted an international selection of some of the most important painters and graphic artists of the time to fill its pages, such as Aubrey Beardsley, Käthe Kollwitz, Auguste Rodin, Georges Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Max Liebermann. The result is a stunning visual arts magazine that today, over 120 years later, continues to have a voracious following that includes Art Nouveau lovers, graphic design enthusiasts, and art aficionados across the globe.

The third floor Sewing Room will feature a small companion exhibition of five lithography prints from The Richard H. Driehaus Collection by artist William H. Bradley. One of the most successful magazine cover artists of the time, Bradley work was featured many times on the cover of The Chap-Book. Printed in Chicago from 1894-98, The Chap-Book was Chicago’s answer to the art and literary magazine trend at the turn of the last century.

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