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Vive la France: French Prints through the Ages

May 02 through July 12, 2020

On view in the Weil Graphic Arts Study Center


Printmaking in France flourished beginning in the 17th century with master printmakers such as Jacques Callot (1592–1635) and Claude Lorraine (1604–1682) creating works that spread their fame across the continent of Europe.  A variety of styles of printmaking developed over time, with 19th-century artists in particular translating the creative energies of French art in that century to paper.  Eugene Delacroix (1798–1863), Edouard Manet (1832-1883), and Honore Daumier (1808–1879) were interpreters of French life and culture in their work as printmakers. In the 20th century, artists continued this practice, moving toward the styles associated with abstraction. The exhibition contains works by modern masters such as Georges Roualt (1871–1958, Georges Braque (1882–1963), and Raoul Dufy (1877–1953).

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama


This exhibition was made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts

Exhibition preview

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919), Louis Valtat, 1904, lithograph on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 1970.9


Nissan Engel (French, 1931–2016), Crescendo, 1986, color etching on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Ralph and Doris Lamberson, 2000.20.2


Charles Meryon (French, 1821–1868), Tourelle de la rue de la Tixéranderie, 1852, etching on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mrs. Julian Wiener, Mrs. Stanley Newhouse, and James Loeb in honor of their father, Lucien S. Loeb, 1970.12

 Featured image credit:

Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), Femme sur fond jaune, 1952, color lithograph on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Walter Padow, 1971.12