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Friday, Sep 19, 2008

First Impressions: Winslow Homer and the World of Printmaking

Hyde exhibit includes rare look at Homer etchings

Glens Falls, NY – On October 4, 2008, The Hyde Collection opens First Impressions: Winslow Homer and the World of Printmaking, a selection of approximately two dozen impressions by one of the most admired American artists of the late nineteenth century.

Homer, hailed as an insightful interpreter of American life, has a reputation largely shaped by his vast achievements in oil and watercolor. However, long before Homer became celebrated as a painter, he was widely known as a successful illustrator through wood engravings published by Harper’s Weekly and other magazines.

The Hyde exhibition, which will be on view through January 11, 2009 in the Museum’s Hoopes Gallery, will feature a range of Homer’s illustrations in addition to seldom-seen, large-scale etchings from the late 1880s. The exhibition explores how printmaking shaped Homer’s creative and commercial ambitions. The works on view include etchings on loan from private lenders and Homer wood engravings selected from the Museum’s collection.

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Hyde will host an illustrated talk by chief curator Erin Coe focusing on Homer’s foray into printmaking and why the medium was so important to the development of the artist’s career. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 5:30 PM.

The Hyde will also present Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude – a film scheduled for Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 2 PM. This film is the first major documentary study of Homer, featuring more than 180 images of the artist’s paintings, watercolors, etchings, and illustrations.

Both the talk and film are free and open to the public and will be held in The Hyde Collection’s Helen Froehlich Auditorium. Seating is limited so reservations are encouraged.

For more information about the exhibition and events, or to make a reservation for the talk or film, contact the Museum’s Education Department at 518-792-1761, ext. 27.


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