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Class and Nostalgia in Atget’s Organ Grinder and Girl

March 31, 2015

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By Natasha Coleman ’16 Eugène Atget’s photography is a portal into a changing city, a vision of 19th-century Paris that otherwise would have faded from its inhabitants’ memories. His photographs of contemporary life typically include architecture, parks, and shop windows. Although people were not his primary subjects, his Petits Métiers (“Small Trade”) series (1898-1900) is a […]

The Masculine Body: Staged Suffering

September 15, 2014

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By Walker Downey ’13 In Karl Zerbe’s Job (1949) [Fig. 1], William Rimmer’s The Fallen Gladiator (1861) [Fig. 2], and Walker Hancock’s Scale-model for Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial (1949-1952) [Fig. 3]—three seemingly disparate works comprised by the American Art collection of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts—the male body is deployed as a projection of psychic […]

La Goulue

September 15, 2014

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By Nadine Biss ’13 With the advent of the Industrial Age in the 19th century came many new media innovations, including photography, postcards, and other processes of mass communication. The combination of photography and industrial production made images ubiquitous within the public sphere. Mass-produced images—especially postcards —helped contribute to the construction of celebrity in the […]

Piranesi Etches a Portal to Another Time

January 9, 2012

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By Emily Swalec ’14 Arco di Druso a Porta S. Sebastilano in Roma, Plate VII is an eighteenth-century etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi [Figure 1].  The print depicts an ancient arch flanked by a wall to the left and a shed and large structure with an open door on the right. Several figures can be seen […]

Kollwitz and the Powerful Peasant

December 25, 2011

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By Oona Laurie ’13 Since the 14th century intaglio printing processes have allowed artists to innovate and experiment with different techniques through the flexible nature of the process. Numerous artists have experimented with the different qualities of intaglio prints, but few have been truly innovative in creating their own combination of techniques.  German artist Käthe […]