Palmer Museum Presents Exhibition On Unconventional French Printmaker Felix Buhot

November 8, 2019

This fall, the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State spotlights one of the most original French printmakers of the 19th century. “Fantasy and Reality: The World According to Fe´lix Buhot” recently opened and will be accompanied by related gallery talks and programs throughout the fall.
“Felix Buhot’s achievement as a visionary artist-etcher is unprecedented,” stated museum director Erin M. Coe. “This exquisite and evocative exhibition provides visitors the space to study exceptional examples of Buhot’s experimental techniques and rich atmospheric effects for which he is best known.”
Fe´lix Buhot (1847–98) was a uniquely experimental printmaker in France during the last quarter of the 19th century. This period was marked by a growing interest among artists in the evocation of thoughts and emotions, which competed in the art world with lingering realist tendencies. Buhot found comfort in both arenas, regularly decorating his naturalistic renderings of Paris and other scenic areas with morose and fantastical imagery. The borders of the print were of particular interest, where the artist extended his central theme with a series of anecdotal embellishments to create what he termed “symphonic margins.”
The exhibition features 46 works including scenes of city life, country landscapes, and literary illustrations adorned with the artist’s unusual additions, all on loan from a private collection. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience a truly exceptional approach to printmaking and also includes several ethereal drawings and paintings by Buhot that are rarely placed on public view.
The exhibition is accompanied by a brochure with an essay by guest curator James Goodfriend, a worldwide authority on Buhot and the author of the revised and amended catalogue raisonne´ “Fe´lix Buhot: Catalogue descriptif de son oeuvre grave” by Gustave Bourcard. Together with his wife and partner, Carol, he has been a dealer and collector of fine prints and drawings for more than 50 years. Before that, he was a writer, music arranger, record producer, and music critic and editor.
Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art, “Fantasy and Reality” is on view through Sunday, Dec. 15.
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