At the end of the 18th century, British writers and artists celebrated the countryside as “the constant realization of Heaven on earth.” The mid-19th century brought with it urban centers that drastically changed the relationship between the people and the land, and both surroundings were captured with an array of printmaking techniques.
The Delaware Art Museum has put together an exhibit that offers insight into both the changes in the way of life and the techniques of printmaking. Drawn entirely from the museum’s permanent collection and featuring pieces rarely on display, The Pastoral Vision—British Prints, 1800 – Present, features more than 20 lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts. The exhibit runs through Aug. 15, 2010, and features landscapes by artists such as James McNeil Whistler, Edward Lear, and Rachel Whiteread.
The Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806, is open Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday from noon until 4pm. Admission fees are: adults (19-59) $12, seniors (60+) $10, students (with valid ID) $6, youth (7-18) $6, and children under 6 are free. Admission fees are waived every Sunday thanks to support from AstraZeneca. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit the website at www.delart.org.