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Exhibitions

Past Perfected
Childhood in Art

June 30 through October 28, 2018

On view in the Blackmon, Atrium, and Weil Galleries

 

Children and childhood have served as subjects for artists for many centuries. Images of children frequently reflect societal changes in the ways that childhood has been perceived over time. From images that portray children as “small adults” to those that celebrate youth as a time of happiness and exploration, artists have captured likeness as well as the activities of children.

This exhibition of works from the permanent collection of the Museum will include imagery of children and childhood, beginning with European prints of the seventeenth century, and concluding with modern perceptions of youth.  Traditional portraits, many of which mimicked those of their adult counterparts, were intended to portray the social and economic status of children and their families. Later paintings often place more emphasis on the roles of children in the family and the home. Finally, the artists of the twentieth century begin to consider the interior life of children and the psychology of young people as they approach maturity.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Exhibition preview

Ben Shahn (American, born Lithuania 1898–1969), To Days of Childhood, 1968, from the portfolio, For the Sake of a Single Verse… (The Rilke Portfolio), color lithograph on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Lawrence A. Fleischman, 1993.7.14.1

 

Maltby Sykes (American, 1911–1992), Taxco, ca. 1935–1936, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the artist, 1940.11

 

Featured image:

Anne Goldthwaite (American, 1869–1944), Portrait of Baby K., 1912, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, GIft of Mr. Richard Goldthwaite, 1974.16