From the Collection: Monkeys!

Below you’ll find four monkeyrelated works from the collection, because who doesn’t love monkeys? Artists obviously do, since monkeys have shown up in various works from all over the world throughout centuries. (Here’s some fascinating proof in the form of an illustrated essay by Lucy Cutler on the role of the monkey in art from The Courtauld Institute of Art). Also included in this post are a few fun facts about the artists.


Monkey, 1886
This photograph by inventor and photographer Ottomar Anschütz joined the collection in 1993. Anschütz advanced the field of photography when he invented the 1/1000 of a second shutter in 1887.

Monkey Playing with a Monkey Toy, 1800
This meta monkey joined the collection in 1990. It’s a print by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai from a picture calendar; the month is concealed in the long and short stripes on the stick of the toy.


Self-Portrait with Monkey on Head, late 1970’s
This quirky self-portrait of Russian artist Igor Galanin joined the collection in 2002. Galanin began his career as an artist illustrating children’s books and designing sets for the Moscow ballet theater.


Monkey with Bouquet, 1968
This adorable print by American artist Jack Coughlin joined the collection in 1994. Coughlin taught printmaking here in Amherst at the University of Massachusetts for over 35 years until his retirement. His work is in many prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington D.C., and others. The Mead holds another work by Coughlin, a lithograph titled Owl of the Night.

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2 thoughts on “From the Collection: Monkeys!

  1. We must also add the Mead’s print masterpiece by A.Dürer, “The Virgin and Child with the Monkey”, which will be on display during the second installation of the Art for All exhibition starting August 2013.

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