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Natori SHUNSEN, Ichikawa Sadanji II as Narukami Uejin from the series “Portraits of Actors”, ca. 1926. Color woodblock print. SBMA, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Roland A. Way.

  Visions of Modernity: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints
Through April 

Visions of Modernity, presented in a series of rotations, explores the creative process of printmaking in the first half of the 20th century in Japan, a period when artists of all disciplines explored new forms of expression as the nation sought to modernize by embracing new ideas and technologies from the West. This rapid adaptation, encouraged by the Japanese government since the Meiji Restoration (1868–1912), led artists in the early 20th century to react with a new sense of individualism and an urgency to express the political, social, economic, and cultural changes in their work. Printmakers, like other visual artists, learned Western artistic conventions such as linear perspective, photographic realism, and the techniques of lithography and etching, which fueled two parallel printmaking movements—Shin-hanga (new prints) and Sōsakuhanga (creative prints).


Honoré Daumier, Madame, j’ai bien l’honneur! (Madame, I have the honor)... Published in Le Chairvari on January 26, 1848, Delteil 1721. Lithograph, SBMA, Gift of Robert M. Light.
  Daumier Reveals All: Inside the Artist’s Studio

Following on the heels of Daumier's Salon: A Human Comedy, curated by former SBMA exhibition intern Elizabeth Saari Browne, Daumier Reveals All: Inside the Artist's Studio presents another selection of lithographs by Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) that provides an inside look into the 19th-century Parisian art world. In these works, Daumier reveals the artists everyday routines, as well as his career ups and downs, as played out in his studio. Like the previous installation, this selection of lithographs is drawn from the recent gift of more than 1,500 Daumier lithographs by long-time supporter Robert M. Light. Owing to this generous gift, SBMA is now one of the richest repositories of the work of this celebrated master of 19th-century caricature on the West Coast.

 

 

 

 

 


Edgar Degas, Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts, ca. 1891. Oil on canvas. Michael Armand Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation.
  Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation
Ongoing

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by The Armand Hammer Foundation. The mandate of the Foundation is to share an extraordinary collection of works bequeathed by its founder with the public by lending to museums throughout the country.

The paintings on view from The Armand Hammer Foundation represent just a small fraction of the ravishing collection put together by Dr. Armand Hammer (1898-1990), perhaps best known for the extraordinary works of art he donated to his namesake institution, the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1965 through 1990. These works complement seamlessly our Museum's rich holdings in the areas of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Artists represented include Pierre Bonnard, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Auguste Renoir.

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