The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy, 1850-1900
February 11 – June 13, 2010
Eugène Carrière, Sleep, 1897, Lithograph. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Rosenwald Collection
In the second half of the nineteenth century, Paris reigned as the city of light and Impressionism captured the bustle of its lively streets and cafés. But there is another dimension to the period, one captured by less well known, sometimes enigmatic, and often melancholy imagery.
This was the art of collectors who kept prints, drawings, and small sculptures under wraps, compiled in albums and portfolios or stored away in cabinets. While often unsuitable for more public display, such works were avidly collected and viewed discreetly on chosen occasions.
Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Darker Side of Light reveals the private worlds of late nineteenth-century Europe through prints and other works meant for quiet contemplation.
The exhibition presents over one hundred prints, drawings, illustrated books, and small sculptures by artists such as Félix Bracquemond, James Ensor, Max Klinger, Käthe Kollwitz, James McNeill Whistler, Charles Meryon, and Anders Zorn, among others.
Within the intimate setting of the Smart Museum's galleries, The Darker Side of Light evokes shadowed interiors and private introspections to tell a far less familiar story of late nineteenth-century art.
February 10, 2010
Special Student Access
February 11, 2010
February 11, 2010
The Dark Mirror: Writing from the Interior Image
February 13, 2010
Sketching at the Smart
February 18, 2010
Open Mic: The Dark Mirror
March 4, 2010
Drypoint Printmaking Workshop
April 10, 2010
Lecture by Peter Parshall: "The Darker Side of Light"
April 15, 2010
Smart Voices: Student Gallery Talk
May 27, 2010
Smart Focus: Curator Tour
June 13, 2010