The following woodblock print of a bunraku doll by Japanese artist Hiratsuka Un’ichi joined the collection in 2010.
One of the most important artists of the sōsaku hanga movement, Hiratsuka Un’ichi was a successful teacher, author, and artist whose individual style and methods influenced many printmakers of the period. This work in particular is emblematic of his techniques and training, as it features traditional Japanese art forms—the bunraku doll and several ukiyo-e prints, including a kacho-ga by Andō Hiroshige, visible at left—rendered in large-scale with jagged, “sawtooth” lines. This style, typical of his output after 1935, was a result of his highly individual technique, which involved a flat knife and V-shaped chisel, in distinction to the curved scraper employed by traditional woodblock craftsmen, like Igami Bonkotsu, under whom he studied around 1915.
image source: Bunraku Doll O-shichi
This beautiful woodblock print by Japanese artist Katsukawa Shunsho joined the collection in 1998.
image source: Court Lady Gathering Maple Leaves from Tales of Ise
This ancient marble sculpture of Roman Empress Octacilia from the 3rd century A.D. joined the Mead’s collection in 1941.
“Marcia Otacilia Severa or Otacilia Severa was the Empress of Rome and wife of Emperor Marcus Julius Philippus, or Philip the Arab, who reigned over the Roman Empire from 244 to 249. Severa and Philip are generally considered as the first Christian imperial couple, because during their reign the persecutions of Christians had ceased and the couple had become tolerant towards Christianism. It was through her intervention, for instance, that Bishop and Saint Babylas of Antioch was saved from persecution.” (source)
image source: Empress Octacilia
This charcoal drawing by American artist John Sloan joined the collection in 1954.
John Sloan first studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and then with Robert Henri, before becoming an illustrator for Philadelphia newspapers. He moved to New York in 1902 where he taught at the Art Students League and was affiliated with The Eight. In 1910 he joined the socialist party, and was the art editor of a radical journal called The Masses. Like his colleagues, Sloan was concerned with social issues as he chronicled life in New York. He was particularly interested in the women’s suffragette movement as this lively drawing, “She’s Got the Point,” demonstrates. In this charcoal, Sloan recounts a particularly stirring moment at a rally held by the Women’s Suffragette Party. The image appeared in the October 1913 issue of The Masses.
The Mead holds many works by Sloan, including the following “Self-Portrait” and “Robert Henri Painting a Portrait.”
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This photograph by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexico’s first principal artistic photographer and the most important figure in 20th-century Latin American photography, joined the collection in 1981. To see more collection photographs by Álvarez Bravo, click here.
image source: A Fish Called Sierra (…Un Pez que llaman Sierra)
This print by American artist Charles Wells, Amherst College Class of 1957, joined the collection in 2007. To see more prints from the collection by Wells, click here.
image source: Untitled, young girl
This lovely watercolor by French artist Jules David joined the collection in 1976. The details of the women’s dress are exquisite, from their ornately flowered hats, to the flourishes of their fitted dresses, to the peeking toes of their pointed shoes.
image source: Women of Fashion
The pair of beautiful Austrian portrait plates below were gifted to the Mead in 1955.
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The following paintings by Russian artist Igor Galanin joined the collection in 2001. They are illustrations for The Master and Margarita, a novel written by Mikhail Bulgakov in Soviet Russia ca. 1940, and described as “a masterpiece of black magic and black humor.”
Galanin’s portrayal of Margarita is whimsical, comical, and seemingly mischievous…
Margarita Flying Aboard a Broom
Margarita Flying Aboard a Pig
Margarita Flying Aboard a Touring Car
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Happy Monday! Today we’re sharing these six etchings from the collection by French artist Georges Rouault.
Hideous Woman (Femme hideuse), 1928
Nude Woman, Seated (Femme nue, assise), ca. 1928
Negro Woman In Profile (Négresse en profil), 1928
Woman with Hat in Profile, Facing Left (Femme au chapeau en profil, vers la gauche), 1928
Woman with Necklace (Femme au collier), 1928
Nude Woman, Facing Left (Femme nue, vers la gauche), 1928
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