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Pastilles Valda
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September 21, 1991 - December 1, 1991
This exhibition is a selection from the large collection of printed images of medicine and pharmacy formed over the past twenty-five years by William H. Helfand, who has generously donated or promised these objects to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, thereby significantly enriching its renowned Ars Medica collection in the area of popular and commercial art.
Boats in Trouville Harbor
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July 13, 1991 - September 1, 1991
The sea has been a source of inspiration for generations of French artists. This exhibition, drawn from the Museum's extensive 19th-century collections and augmented by important loans from private collectors in the area, reveals a variety of approaches to the subject by French artists from the 1850s to the 1890s.
Blind Minotaur Guided by a Girl at Night
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June 8, 1991 - August 25, 1991
This exhibition presents one hundred of the most powerful and important prints Picasso created during the 1930s. In 1931, Ambroise Vollard, the great Parisian art dealer and publisher, persuaded Picasso to exchange the etched plates for this Suite for certain paintings that the artist wanted for his own collection.
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July 20, 1991 - August 25, 1991
William Christenberry was born in 1936 in Hale County, Alabama, across a corn field from the farm family then being immortalized by Walker Evans and James Agee for the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Some 20 years later, pursuing a career as a painter and sculptor, Christenberry returned to Hale County with a box Brownie camera he had borrowed from his parents. William Christenberry: Photographs is drawn from a group of images acquired by the Museum in 1982.
Seated Jizo
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August 15, 1990 - August 15, 1991
The great Asian religion of Buddhism reached Japan in several successive waves from the continent. Japanese historical records describe the arrival of Buddhist texts and artifacts in Japan in 552, brought by an embassy from the Korean kingdom of Paekche. As with later influxes of Buddhist teaching from the mainland, it was the Buddhist art that had the greatest impact on Japanese culture.
Armida Gazes on the Sleeping Rinaldo
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May 18, 1991 - August 11, 1991
This exhibition includes works selected by the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Acquisitions included from the last three years are a set of prints by Jasper Johns, Untitled, 1972; a drawing by 18th century Roman, Giuseppe Cades, Armida Abducting the Sleeping Rinaldo, (1774-85); and a group of photographs and prints by Man Ray.
Portrait of Girolamo Contarini
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March 30, 1991 - July 14, 1991
April 4 marks the 150th birthday of John G. Johnson, renowned Philadelphia lawyer and avid collector of European painting from the 15th through the 19th centuries. To celebrate the anniversary, the Museum has mounted a display of biographical and archival materials that document the patterns of Johnson's emerging taste and the decisions he made to acquire some of the most important works to come to this country at the turn of the century.
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May 4, 1991 - June 30, 1991
The Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman series of paintings by Jacob Lawrence and owned by the Hampton University Museum in Virginia, are presented together in their entirety for the first time in this exhibition, which opens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 4, 1991.
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April 20, 1991 - June 23, 1991
One of the great European collections of prints and drawings, the Graphic Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig is justifiably famous among scholars and connoisseurs but not well known to the public at large, which is more familiar with the collection in Vienna, Paris, London, Berlin, and Dresden. This exhibition will introduce American audiences to 125 of the finest drawings from the Leipzig Museum.
Mary Lou (or Marylou)
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March 23, 1991 - May 19, 1991
Drawn from the Museum's permanent collections, Form and Figure: Fourteen Philadelphia Printmakers, 1910-1950 reveals the influences on Philadelphia artists and printmakers of a variety of modern art movements, including Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and abstract art, Surrealism, and Social Realism.
Untitled (Sandwich and Soda)
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February 16, 1991 - May 12, 1991
The spirited revival of printmaking in the 1960s was closely tied to the emergence of Pop Art. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has assembled some 50 prints by 13 American artists, including Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist, to document this important and provocative era in printmaking.
The Annunciation
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January 20, 1991 - April 14, 1991
Including works lent by public and private collections throughout the U.S. and France, the exhibition will present a major retrospective of the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the foremost African-American artist at the turn of the century. Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Philadelphia, Tanner studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under the renowned artist Thomas Eakins.
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December 8, 1990 - February 24, 1991
Emmet Gowin is unquestionably one of the master photographic printmakers working today. This retrospective exhibition of 120 photographs will survey Gowin's career.
Mother and Two Children
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November 10, 1990 - February 17, 1991
To honor the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great French Romantic sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of drawings by Rodin. Philadelphia is fortunate in being the repository of a major collection of works by Rodin (second only to that of the Musée Rodin in Paris) which was formed by the movie-theater mogul and philanthropist Jules Mastbaum.

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