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    Putnam Memorial Exhibition of Prints in Brooklyn Museum

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    • September 16, 1939: Ten exhibitions are already on the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition schedule for the 1939-1940 season. As an opener, in order to be current with the style news, an exhibition of a more or less preliminary character opened on Saturday, September 9th, called Style Foundations--Corsets and Fashions of Yesterday and Today, to run through October 1st.

      The first exhibition of the season opens on Friday, September 22nd, and will be called “Long Island in the 70’s". It will be a showing of some 160 prints of Brooklyn and Long Island scenes taken from a collection of over 2000 negatives of scenes in Long Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and the Hudson Valley, taken by George B. Brainard and acquired by the Museum twenty years ago. Only recently these negatives were brought to light by the Photographic Department. It will exhibit a cross section of the Long Island subjects and will demonstrate the character of the hundreds of records that Brainard made during his busy photographing days. Closing date is October 8th.

      In memory of William A. Putnam, who made possible the Museum’s Print Room, an exhibition will be arranged to be called “The Putnam Memorial Print Exhibition” to run from October 7th through the 29th. It will consist of prints by Rembrandt, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Putnam, and other graphic material from the Brooklyn Museum collection.

      The year’s accessions will be put on view from Saturday, October 14th, through Sunday, the 29th.1 This will be followed by the first large comprehensive show of the season which will be as complete a collection as possible of masks, drawing for the most part from the Museum’s own possessions. The masks are to be shown in groups according to use. The exhibition will run from Tuesday, October 24th, to Monday, January 1st.

      Following will be a watercolor exhibition which will form a memorial to both George Pearse Ennis and Paul L. Gill. This will be shown from Saturday, November 4th, through Sunday, November 26th. This is the last opening scheduled for the calendar year. After the first of the year on Wednesday, January 17th, there will be an extensive showing of the work of Eastman Johnson to run through Sunday, February 25th. Work has been under way for several months to collect examples of this painter that have not been shown before.

      On February 9th an exhibition of etchings by Rodolphe Bresdin will be put on view through Sunday, March 31st.

      The second large exhibition of the year will be a complete costume show, drawn, as the mask exhibition will be, principally from the Museum’s own collection. This exhibition will open on Tuesday, March 12th, and continue through Sunday, May 5th.

      The last exhibition to open this season according to the present schedule will be that of Brooklyn Artists, which will be on view from Friday, April 5th, to Sunday, the 28th. From time to time there will be small special exhibitions that will take form during the season.


      LIST BELOW, ABOVE INFORMATION IN TABULAR FORM
      Style Foundations---Corsets and Fashions of Yesterday and Today. September 9th through October 1st.
      Photographs by George B. Brainard. “Long Island in the 70s.” September 22nd through October 8th.
      Putnam Memorial Print Exhibition. October 7th through October 29th.
      Recent Accessions. October 14th through October 29th.
      Masks, October 24th through January 1st.
      George Pearse Ennis and Paul L. Gill Watercolor Exhibition. November 4th through November 26th.
      Eastman Johnson Exhibition. January 17th through February 25th.
      Rodolphe Bresdin Exhibition. February 9th through March 31st.
      Costume Show. March 12th through May 5th.
      Brooklyn Artists. April 5th through April 28th.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 07-09/1939, 204-5. View Original 1 . View Original 2

    • September 21, 1939: A Print Room exhibition showing a cross section of the print collection of the Brooklyn Museum will be put on view Saturday, October 7th, to run through Sunday, October 29th. It will be called “The Putnam Memorial Print Exhibition” as the largest group by one artist in the show will be etchings by Rembrandt collected by. Mr. and Mrs. Wil1iam A. Putnam and now the property of the Museum. Mrs. Putnam made the Museum’s Print Room and its facilities possible by a gift of funds for the purpose as a memorial to her husband. The forthcoming exhibition will be the Print Room’s second anniversary.

      This cross section will consist for the greater part of XIXth and XXth Century prints, but there will be milestones of the preceding periods beginning with the Museum’s Rembrandts. These with the bulk of the exhibition will be shown in the Balcony Gallery. There will also be a few followers of Rembrandt, Italian and Spanish Baroque masters, such as Ribera, Tiepolo and Canaletto. This work along with the Goyas will lead to the beginning of the XIXth Century Impressionist movement. The Goyas shown will be from one of the finest sets of Los Caprichos that exists. The binding in which the set was bound, together with the finest of the impressions, will be on view.

      There will also be early and late lithographs and wood engravings by Honore Daumier and one of the large lithographs by Manet. The XVIIIth Century English School will he represented by some exceptionally fine engraver’s proofs of mezzotints by Green, Earlom and others, given to the Museum by Mrs. Joseph Epes Brown in 1918.

      French impressionists and post-impressionists will be included, and the German School, which has recently been much discussed under the label “degenerate art”, will be represented in sufficient quantity to make study possible. Examples of abstract art are to be represented by a number of prints which show characteristic contemporary trends in experiments with new media and the modern illustrated book stressed, as many of the great contemporary artists have done some of their best graphic work for books. Among the editions, a few of those issued by the late Ambroise Vollard will be exhibited.

      In another gallery, called the Print Gallery, there will be a small, choice showing of modern drawings including Van Gogh’s highly finished study for the “Cypresses,” a Cezanne landscape and “Head of a Boy” by Picasso.

      (The Museum is most easily reached from Manhattan by the I.R.T. Subway, The Broadway (West Side) line goes directly to the Brooklyn Museum-Eastern Parkway Station. By the Lexington (East Side) line, change at Nevins Street for a West Side train across same platform. Running time approx4mately 30 minutes from Times Square and Grand Central.)

      The Museum is open daily throughout the year 10 to 5; Sundays, 1 to 5. Mondays and Fridays, adults 25 cents, children 10 cents; other days free.

      CURRENT EVENTS FOR CALENDAR EDITOR

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 07-09/1939, 215-6. View Original 1 . View Original 2

    • September 21, 1939: A Print Room exhibition showing a cross section of the print collection of the Brooklyn Museum will be put on view Saturday, October 7th, to run through Sunday, October 29th. It will be called “The Putnam Memorial Print Exhibition” as the largest group by one artist in the show will be etchings by Rembrandt collected by. Mr. and Mrs. Wil1iam A. Putnam and now the property of the Museum. Mrs. Putnam made the Museum’s Print Room and its facilities possible by a gift of funds for the purpose as a memorial to her husband. The forthcoming exhibition will be the Print Room’s second anniversary.

      This cross section will consist for the greater part of XIXth and XXth Century prints, but there will be milestones of the preceding periods beginning with the Museum’s Rembrandts. These with the bulk of the exhibition will be shown in the Balcony Gallery. There will also be a few followers of Rembrandt, Italian and Spanish Baroque masters, such as Ribera, Tiepolo and Canaletto. This work along with the Goyas will lead to the beginning of the XIXth Century Impressionist movement. The Goyas shown will be from one of the finest sets of Los Caprichos that exists. The binding in which the set was bound, together with the finest of the impressions, will be on view.

      There will also be early and late lithographs and wood engravings by Honore Daumier and one of the large lithographs by Manet. The XVIIIth Century English School will he represented by some exception¬ally fine engraver’s proofs of mezzotints by Green, Earlom and others, given to the Museum by Mrs. Joseph Epes Brown in 1918.

      French impressionists and post-impressionists will be included, and the German School, which has recently been much discussed under the label “degenerate art”, will be represented in sufficient quantity to make study possible. Examples of abstract art are to be represented by a number of prints which show characteristic contemporary trends in experiments with new media and the modern illustrated book stressed, as many of the great contemporary artists have done some of their best graphic work for books. Among the editions, a few of those issued by the late Ambroise Vollard will be exhibited.

      In another gallery, called the Print Gallery, there will be a small, choice showing of modern drawings including Van Gogh’s highly finished study for the “Cypresses,” a Cezanne landscape and “Head of a Boy” by Picasso.


      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 09-10/1939, 224. View Original

    • September 30, 1939: An exhibition called “The Putnam Memorial Print Exhibition” is being arranged by the Brooklyn Museum Print Department to be on view at the Museum from Saturday, October 7th, through Sunday, October 29th. It will present a cross-section of the Museum’s print collection and will include a group of Rembrandt etchings collected and given to the Museum by Mr. and Mrs. William A. Putnam. Mrs. Putnam also made possible the institution’s modernly equipped print room by a gift in the form of a memorial to her husband.

      (NOTE TO ART WRITERS: A more comprehensive release will be sent you early next week together with the earliest date the show can be seen.)

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 09-10/1939, 223. View Original

    • Date unknown, approximately 1939: Arrangements for reviewers:

      It will be possible to see the above exhibition in frames along the wall, or possibly hung, Tuesday morning, October 3rd. Catalogue lists will also be available then. The exhibition opens Saturday, October 7th.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 09-10/1939, 225. View Original

    • Date unknown, approximately 1939: A Print Room exhibition showing a cross section of the print collection of the Brooklyn Museum will be put on view Saturday, October 7th, to run through Sunday, October 29th. It will be called “The Putnam Memorial Print Exhibition” as the largest group by one artist in the show will be etchings by Rembrandt collected by. Mr. and Mrs. William A. Putnam and now the property of the Museum. Mrs. Putnam made the Museum’s Print Room and its facilities possible by a gift of funds for the purpose as a memorial to her husband. The forthcoming exhibition will be the Print Room’s second anniversary.

      This cross section will consist for the greater part of XIXth and XXth Century prints, but there will be milestones of the preceding periods beginning with the Museum’s Rembrandts. These with the bulk of the exhibition will be shown in the Balcony Gallery. There will also be a few followers of Rembrandt, Italian and Spanish Baroque masters, such as Ribera, Tiepolo and Canaletto. This work along with the Goyas will lead to the beginning of the XIXth Century Impressionist movement. The Goyas shown will be from one of the finest sets of Los Caprichos that exists. The binding in which the set was bound, together with the finest of the impressions, will be on view.

      There will also be early and late lithographs and wood engravings by Honore Daumier and one of the large lithographs by Manet. The XVIIIth Century English School will he represented by some exceptionally fine engraver’s proofs of mezzotints by Green, Earlom and others, given to the Museum by Mrs. Joseph Epes Brown in 1918.

      French impressionists and post-impressionists will be included, and the German School, which has recently been much discussed under the label “degenerate art”, will be represented in sufficient quantity to make study possible. Examples of abstract art are to be represented by a number of prints which show characteristic contemporary trends in experiments with new media and the modern illustrated book stressed, as many of the great contemporary artists have done some of their best graphic work for books. Among the editions, a few of those issued by the late Ambroise Vollard will be exhibited.

      In another gallery, called the Print Gallery, there will be a small, choice showing of modern drawings including Van Gogh’s highly finished study for the “Cypresses,” a Cezanne landscape and “Head of a Boy” by Picasso.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 09-10/1939, 231. View Original

    • Date unknown, approximately 1939: LIST OF PRINTS IN BROOKLYN MUSEUM
      PUTNAM MEMORIAL EXHIBITION-October 7th through October 29th.

      ARMS John Taylor
      Basilica of the Madelina, Vezelay

      TENRIETH, C.
      City Hall of Brooklyn

      BACON, Peggy
      Belinda

      BECKMAN, Max
      Bridge
      Christ in the Desert

      BIDDLE, George
      Twenty-Three Little Women

      BONINGTON, Richard
      Tour du Gros Horloge, Evreux

      BONNARD, Pierre
      La Blanchisseuse

      CANALE, Antonio
      Panorama d’une Ville Baignee par une Riviere

      CASSATT, Mary
      The Fitting
      La Toilette
      Coiffure

      CASTELLON, Federico
      Landscape in Spain

      CHAGALL, Marc
      Illustration for a Russian

      CHARLOT, Jean
      Mama Spanks
      Builders No. 2

      CHIRICO, Georgio de
      Mediterranee

      CLERK OF ELDIN, John
      Kirk Liston & Melville Castle
      Adam’s Hut & Castle on Lake

      CRUIKSHANK, George
      Election Ball
      A Game of Chess
      The Folly of Crime

      DAUMIER, Honore
      Rue Pierre Lescot

      DAVIES, Arthur B.
      Growth of Spring

      DEGAS, Edgar
      Au Louvre, Musee des Antiques

      DEHN, Adolf
      We Men

      DELACROIX, Eugene
      Lion do l’Atlas

      LENIS, Maurice
      Sur lo Canape d’Argent Pale

      DURER, Albrecht
      Descent into Limbo

      DWIGHT, Mabel
      American Mansion

      EARLOM, Richard
      Concert of Birds after Mario di Fiori

      EVENEPOEL, Renri
      Woman and Child

      FRIESZ, Achi1les
      Toulon

      GAUGUIN, Paul
      Changement de Residence
      Projet d’Assiette

      GOTTHOLD, Schuh
      Photograph of Georges Braque in his studio

      GROSSMAN, Rudolph
      Interior of Room with Six People

      HART, George Overbury “Pop”
      Poultry Man
      Market Place, Santiago

      HAYTER, Stanley Wil1iam
      Horse and Buildings

      HECKEL, Erich
      Three Figures in a Native Dance

      ISABEY, Jean Baptiste
      Portrait of a Lady with Veil

      JACQUEMMRT, Jules
      Verre de Cristal de Roche

      KYOSAI, Kawanabe
      Two Crows

      KENT, Rockwell
      Sermilik, Fjord

      KIRCHNER, Ernst Ludwig
      Head of Doris (Kopf Doris)

      KOLLOWITZ, Kathe
      Portrait of Woman in Blue Blouse

      LALAUZE, Adolphe
      Autour du Piano after painting by Jean Beraud

      LAMI, Eugene
      Suspension D’Armes
      Bivouac sur la Lisiere d’un Bois

      LE CORBUSIER
      Set of Four Lithographs No. 1

      LEYDEN, Lucas van
      The Daughter of Herodias with the Head of John the Baptist

      LIMBACH, Russell T.
      The Crow Tree

      LIST OF PUNTS IN BROOKLYN Page 2

      MAILLOL, Aristide
      Femme, Vue a Mi-Corps

      MANET, Edouard
      Guerre Civile

      MATISSE, Henri
      Hue Assise

      MELZER, Moritz
      White Horse with Nude Figures

      MENZEL, Adolf von
      Portrait of Moliere

      MERYON, Charles
      Le Petit Pont

      MUNCH, Edvard
      Madonna

      NANTEUIL, Celestin
      Soldats Jouant aux Des

      OROZCO, Jose
      Clemente - Study for a Mural

      PECHSTEIN, Max
      Woman in Waves
      Head of Man with Closed Eyes
      Mother and Child

      PECK, Augustus
      Clown as a Fireman

      PLOOS VAN AMSTEL, Cornelis
      Portrait of a Man, after Cornelis Visscher

      MACHOU, Henri
      Panneau Decoratif

      REDON, Odilon
      Et un autre ange sortit du Temple qui est le ciel

      REMBRANDT, Harmensz
      Abraham casting out Hagar and Ishmae1
      A Peasant in a High Cap
      Peasant Family on the Tramp
      Jan Uytenbogart receives General (Gold Weigher)
      Christ Healing the Sick
      Death of the Virgin
      Lieven Millemsz van Coppenol
      Ephraim Bonus, Jewish Physician
      Jan Six
      The Three Trees
      Canal with large boat and bridge
      Rembrandt drawing at a window
      The Ange1 appearing to Shepherds
      Jews in a Synagogue
      Triumph of Mordecai
      The Windmill

      RENOIR, Auguste
      Pierre Renoir de Face

      RIBERA, Giuseppa
      The Poet

      RODIN, Auguste
      Victor Hugo de Trois Quart

      ROLFS, Christian
      Head of a Woman

      ROUAULT, Georges
      Self Portrait

      ROUSSEL, K. Xavier
      Dans la Neige

      SEGONZAC, Andre
      La Troille Muscate de Collette

      SCHANKER, Louis
      Abstraction

      SCHMIDT-ROTTLUFF, Karl
      Girl with vase of Flowers

      SCHUPPEN, Pieter van
      Simeon Joseph de Barbot de Lardienne

      TIEPOLO, Giovanni
      Battista - Magician Seated and
      Observing the Skulls

      TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, Henri
      La Petit Loge
      Mlle. Lender, en Buste

      TURNER, Joseph Mallord W.
      Basic

      VALLOTON, Felix
      Le Bain

      VUILLARD, Edouard
      La Cuisiniere
      Terrasse do Cafe, La Nuit

      WHISTLER, James Abbott McNeil
      The Thames

      WILSON, Stanley
      Summer

      LIST OF DRAWINGS IN BROOKLYN MUSEUM
      PUTNAM MEMORIAL EXHIBITION-October 7th through October 29th

      CRUIKSHANK, George
      Ophelia at Home

      DEGAS, Edgar
      Danc ers

      DELACROIX, Eugene
      Lioness devouring a Rabbitt

      VAN GOGH, Vincent
      Cypressess

      I. G.
      Portrait of Cruikshank

      GREENSTEIN, Benjamin
      Torso in half reclining position

      GUYS, Constantin
      Cavaliers
      Ca1eche I
      Deux Femmes
      Caleche II

      HOMER, Winslow
      The Unruly Calf

      JOHN, Augustus
      Head of a Man

      KLEE, Paul
      Portrait of Woman

      NASMYTH, Patrick
      Study of Trees

      PECHSTEIN, Max
      Circle of Dancing Nudes

      PHILIPPON, Charles
      Soult et Gérard

      PICASSO, Pablo
      Tete de Jeune Homme

      RODIN, Auguste
      Reclining Nude, forshortened
      Nude Dancer facing left

      SOGLOW, Otto
      Cartoon

      TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, Henri de
      Portrait of Comtesse Adele Toulouse-Lautrec


      LIST OF BOOKS IN BROOKLYN MUSEUM
      PUTNAM MEMORIAL EXHIBITION-October 7th through October 29th

      CHARLOT, Jean
      Picture Book

      CHASE, William Merritt
      Sketch Book

      DUFY, Raoul
      Mon Docteur Le Vin

      GIFFORD, Sanford Robinson
      Sketch Book

      GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francesco
      Los Caprichos
      Los Caprichos (3 or 4 prints)

      PASCIN, Jules
      Aus Den Memoiren des Herrn von Schmabelewopsky von Heinrich Heine

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 09-10/1939, 239-241. View Original 1 . View Original 2 . View Original 3

    • October 16, 1939: To Reviewers:

      From the results we draw the conclusion that the release about the Putnam Memorial Print Exhibition apparently told the story so completely that reviewers have found it unnecessary to come to the Museum and give us a critical estimate. This is rather disappointing to the Museum as we take this opportunity to demonstrate to the public for the first time now complete and useful a print collection we now have. We would still appreciate it very much if you would find it possible to call and give us a review.
      For the first time in the history of the Museum’s Print Department we have been able to give a comprehensive cross-section of the history of 19th and 20th century printmaking in Europe and the U.S.A. through material from the Museum’s permanent collection. This collection today ranks among the first in the 19th and 20th century print field. Museums throughout the country have, in the last few years, drawn heavily on the Museum’s Collection for contributions to exhibitions.

      It contains many important prints that will not be found in other collections in this country. Such outstanding drawings as Van Gogh’s Cypresses are among the more recent acquisitions of the Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings., The finest copy of Goya’s Caprichos and the most important group of lithographs by Lautrec in the U.S.A. are among the high spots of our collection.

      CARL O. SCHNIEWIND
      Curator of Prints and Drawings


      ARTHUR H. TORREY
      Publicity

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 09-10/1939, 244. View Original

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