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"Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th Century Europe"


  • Saint Louis Art Museum One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park St. Louis, MO 63110 (map)
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Saint Louis Art Museum presents “Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th Century Europeon view in Gallery 100 May 24-December 1, 2019. This exhibit is free & open to the public T-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., F 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Printing the Pastoral” examines the early development of one of the most recognizable textile genres: copperplate-printed cotton, popularly known as toile.  In the mid-18th century, advances in dye technology allowed textile printers—previously confined to using coarser woodblocks—to exploit the same copperplates long used by etchers and engravers. For the first time, finely detailed pictorial designs could be faithfully reproduced in colorfast dyes on fabric.
This multimedia exhibition highlights the nostalgia for pastoral themes common to both textile consumers and art collectors by pairing furnishing fabrics with prints by (or after) Rembrandt van Rijn, Nicolaes Berchem, Jacob van Ruisdael, Paulus Potter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and François Boucher. It features a number of textiles never before exhibited at SLAM including recent gifts of printed cottons by Richard and Suellen Meyer and an important loan of an early English toile from the Missouri History Museum.
Printing the Pastoral” is curated by Genny Cortinovis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts and Design and Heather Hughes, Senior Research Assistant and Study Room Manager, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.