The Driehaus Museum turns its eye to the world of printmaking with its latest exhibit, PAN.
Aubrey Beardsley, “Isolde” (1900)
Despite its brief run of five years at the end of the 19th century, Berlin-published visual arts magazine PAN has lived on thanks to lovers of the art nouveau period, and art and graphic design aficionados. That’s no surprise, given that its pages were filled with work by important painters and graphic artists like Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec and Rodin.
William H. Bradley, “The Blue Lady” (1894)
Now, more than 120 years later, the Driehaus Museum celebrates the period’s revolutionary advances in printmaking with PAN: Prints of Avant-Garde Europe, 1895-1900. Notes Anna Musci, the museum’s interim executive director, “The luxurious pages of this publication propelled forward new ideas in taste, culture and design while playing an important role in the transformation of printmaking into an exquisite art form.”
Toulouse-Lautrec, “Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender, en Buste” (1895)
Complementing the exhibition is a series of lithograph print posters by William H. Bradley for The Chap-Book, a publication in a similar vein as PAN and published in Chicago at the same time, making this show a must-see double dose of some of the era’s most powerful graphic talents. Through Jan. 17, 40 E. Erie St.