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Theme and Variations

The Multiple Sorceries of Félix Buhot

In the late nineteenth century, French printmaker Félix Buhot effected a kind of sorcery on his etching plates, making each impression into a unique work of art simply by varying the inking technique and the inks and papers used. With his evocative, atmospheric scenes of stormy piers and urban streetscapes, he dissolved classic distinctions between figure and ground in ways that challenge the limits of the etching medium. Accompanying an exhibition of the same name, Theme and Variations: The Multiple Sorceries of Félix Buhot features an introduction from curator Anne Leonard and interpretive texts on each set of prints in the exhibition by University of Chicago students. Joining examples from the Hearn Family Trust and Charles Hack with works in the Smart Museum’s collection, it offers a glimpse of Buhot’s extraordinary, evolving artistic process over multiple states and variations of the same print.

60 pages | 60 color plates | 9 1/2 x 6 | © 2018  

Art: Art--General Studies


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