The Palitz Gallery

Syracuse University Lubin House
11 East 61st Street, NYC

(212) 826-0320

Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

A Magnificent Obsession:  Selections from the Hamilton Armstrong Collection of Prints

 

August 15 – November 10, 2016

 

 

In the early 19th century, printmaking was used very few artists as an original art form.  The reproductive qualities of printmaking, that is the ability to make many hundreds or thousands of similar images in a quick and inexpensive manner, had trumped the more intimate and handmade qualities that attracted Rembrandt and his contemporaries.  Not until the emergence of William Blake, Corot, Goya, Charles Meryon, and others, did an etching revival take place and other artists began to actively investigate the unique qualities of the hand printed image.

We are fortunate that Hamilton Armstrong also appreciated these distinctive characteristics and amassed a very interesting collection of Charles Meryon etchings.

A French artist championed by the great writers Victor Hugo and Charles Baudelaire. Meryon (1821-1868) had produced a series of etchings that depicted a changing Parisian landscape and, in turn, captured the imagination of a number of English and American printmakers who appreciated his accurate renderings of urban scenes.  Even Whistler was compared to Meryon when the American ex-patriot finished his ‘Thames Set’ of London urban scenes in 1861.

Hamilton Armstrong delighted in the extraordinary scenes that Meryon created and over the years acquired architectural etchings by John Taylor Arms, Samuel Chamberlain, and Henry Rushbury…other artists inspired by the 19th century master.

Exhibition Checklist

Upcoming Events

Sep
7
Wed
12:15 pm Lunchtime Lectures: Gallery Tour...
Lunchtime Lectures: Gallery Tour...
Sep 7 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Lectures: Gallery Tour of About Prints @ SUArt Galleries | Syracuse | New York | United States
Join Domenic Iacono, curator of the exhibition and director of the SUArt Galleries, for a gallery tour of the exhibition.
Sep
14
Wed
12:15 pm Lunchtime Lectures: Gallery tour...
Lunchtime Lectures: Gallery tour...
Sep 14 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Lectures: Gallery tour of Politics on Paper @ SUArt Galleries | Syracuse | New York | United States
Join Andrew Saluti, curator of the exhibition and assistant director of the SUArt Galleries, for a gallery tour of the exhibition.
Sep
16
Fri
11:15 am Orange Central 2016 TOURS: Art o...
Orange Central 2016 TOURS: Art o...
Sep 16 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Art on Campus Walking Tour with David Prince, associate director *Weather permitting. Meet at the SU Art Galleries, Shaffer Art Building.
1:00 pm Orange Central 2016 TOURS: Galle...
Orange Central 2016 TOURS: Galle...
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gallery tour of the exhibition About Prints: Stanley William Hayter and the Legacy of the Atelier 17 with Domenic Iacono