Walsh Art Gallery and Bellarmine Museum of Art Presents REFLECTIONS AND UNDERCUTS, Now thru 4/4

Fairfield, CT -- Exploring the world of the printmaker as artist, Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery and Bellarmine Museum of Art present concurrent exhibitions, "Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940, at the Walsh Art Gallery," and "In the Wake of the Butterfly: James McNeill Whistler and His Circle in Venice, at the Bellarmine Museum of Art," with both shows on view today, January 23 through April 4, 2014.

"Reflections & Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940," at the Walsh Art Gallery features the work of Louis Ernest David Roth (1879-1964), one of the most significant American etchers of the first half of the twentieth century, "Ernest Roth's work ranges from important views of New York and Paris to exotic images of Istanbul and Segovia," said Jill Deupi, J.D., Ph.D., Director and Chief Curator of Fairfield University Museums. "His most important achievements, however, are his prints of Italy, in particular the approximately forty-five views he did of Venice between 1905 and 1941."

Roth's Venetian masterworks have never been the subject of an independent exhibition, catalogue, or book. Many have never been reproduced. This exhibition of just over one hundred works brings together thirty-five of Roth's most important Venetian views, including variant printings of the plates, preparatory drawings, and the plates themselves, with prints by his most important artistic contemporaries. In addition to works by Roth, the exhbition features the etchings of John Taylor Arms (American, 1887-1953), Fabio Mauroner (1884-1948), Herman Armour Webster (American, 1878-1970), Sydney Litten (British, 1887-1949), James McBey (Scottish, 1883-1959), Donald Shaw MacLaughlan (Canadian, 1876-1952), and Jan Vondrous (Czech-American, 1884-1956).




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