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The Art of Narrative: Timeless Tales and Visual Vignettes

April 15, 2017 - April 8, 2018

William Holbrook Beard, Give Up That Egg, 1891, Oil on canvas. August Heckscher Collection 1

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The Art of Narrative: Timeless Tales and Visual Vignettes explores storytelling in art from the 16th through 20th centuries. From Bible stories and mythology to history and literature, narrative subjects, often with moralistic messages, were considered the pinnacle of art production until the 19th century. Since then, the stories expressed in painting, prints, photography, and sculpture, have been more personal, sometimes sourcing daily life for universal truths regarding the human condition. Illustrations by early American modernist Arthur Dove and others, a genre group by John Rogers, experimental photography by Martina Lopez, and abstract work by James Rosenquist are included, as well as works by Alonzo Chappel, François Girardon, George Grosz, Daniel Ridgeway Knight, Henry Varnum Poor, Adolf Schreyer, and many others.

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