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Impressions of War
August 5, 2016—February 12, 2017
Galleries 234 and 235, Main Building


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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746—1828; Sad Forebodings of What Is To Come, plate 1 from the portfolio The Disasters of War, 1810—20, published 1863; etching, drypoint, and aquatint; 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, The Marian Cronheim Trust for Prints and Drawings 7:2015.1
Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco de Goya's print series known as the Disasters of War stands as one of the major achievements in the history of European art. The Disasters responded to the French occupation of Spain by Napoleon Bonaparte between 1808 and 1814. It broke ground with the intensity of its focus on war’s cruelties, yet the prints also shed light on the bravery of the Spanish people on the ground in the face of foreign occupation. Although Goya made the prints during and immediately after the war, they were not formally published until 1863, more than three decades after his death.

Additional Print Series: 1633-2006
The exhibition also features three additional series of prints by artists whose works also respond to the darker side of war and its aftermath. Produced in the 1630s, Jacques Callot's Miseries of War established a tradition that inspired many artists after him, including Goya. Max Beckmann's portfolio Hell, 1919, scrutinizes the bloody political clashes and material hardship that afflicted Berlin in the months following World War I. The most contemporary work in the exhibition, Amman Portfolio, 2006, by Daniel Heyman, features eight descriptive drypoint portraits with fragments of the traumatic content from interviews he was invited to witness of Iraqi citizens who had been detained and tortured in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Impressions of War is curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; Leah Chizek, research assistant, and Ann-Maree Walker, senior research assistant, and Gretchen Wagner, Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. It is organized as a counterpart to the upcoming exhibition Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, which opens October 16 in the Main Exhibition Galleries.


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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746—1828; Neither Do These, plate 11 from the portfolio The Disasters of War, 1810–20, published 1863; etching, drypoint, and aquatint; 8 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, The Marian Cronheim Trust for Prints and Drawings 7:2015.11

Gallery Talks

Thursday, August 18, 11 am
Friday, August 19, 6 pm

Free
Impressions of War
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Film

Saturday, September 24, 11 am
Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood
(2016, 100 minutes, unrated)

Francisco Goya is considered by many to be the father of modern art. Discover Spain's celebrated artist with this cinematic tour de force based on the recent exhibition Goya: The Portraits, at the National Gallery, London. The film uses revealing letters and masterpieces to present a fascinating portrait of the artist's life and work.

This free* event will be held in The Farrell Auditorium.

Cocktails & Conversation

Friday, November 18, 6 pm cocktails/7 pm program
Artists Respond to War and its Consequences
Daniel Heyman, artist
$15 /$10 Members
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Ila Sheren, assistant professor of art history, Washington University in St. Louis
Ann Wainscott, assistant professor of political science, Saint Louis University

Through brief presentations and a discussion between the three panelists, the speakers will contextualize and expand upon the Saint Louis Art Museum's concurrent exhibition Impressions of War, a selection of 17th-21st century prints by four European and American artists responding to the conflicts of their time.
$15 General Admission/$10 Members

Workshop

Saturday, November 19, 10:30am-4:30pm
The Power of Printmaking
Daniel Heyman, artist
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Explore printmaking techniques and create a woodblock print with Daniel Heyman, an artist experienced in traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking methods and whose Amman Portfolio is also featured in the concurrent Impressions of War exhibition. All experience levels welcome (ages 18+).
$50 General/$40 Members

This event is part of the Politics, Propaganda, and the Power of Art program series.

*A ticket is required for all events, even free events, held in The Farrell Auditorium. Tickets may be reserved on-site at the Museum’s Information Centers, online through MetroTix, or by phone at 314.534.1111. Tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets reserved at the Museum. Same-day tickets are available on-site only.




Impressions of War is curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; Leah Chizek, research assistant, and Ann-Maree Walker, senior research assistant.