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Putnam Collection of Rembrandt Etchings and Other Recent Accessions to the Print Department

DATES January 10, 1932 through January 31, 1932
ORGANIZING DEPARTMENT European Painting and Sculpture
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  • January 10, 1932 Opening January 10th and continuing through the 31st, the Print Department of the Brooklyn Museum will present an exhibition of recent accessions to that department, including the remarkable group of 16 Rembrandt etchings. This group of etchings important gifts of prints ever received by the Museum, was presented by Mr. and Mrs. William A. Putnam, the former a member of the Museum Governing Committee. Among them is the famous "Christ Healing the Sick", known as the “Hundred Guilder Print”, which has been generally conceded by authorities to be the finest etching ever made. To quote one of them "To say that it has never been surpassed in etching would not do it justice. It has never been surpassed in any form of art and it is not likely to be. It holds its own beside the great masterpieces of painting in the galleries of Europe and differs from them only in the absence of color."

    Included in the group are his “The Three Trees", "Coppenol, the Writing Master"-the small plate- with Coppenol's own autograph-, "Death of the Virgin”, "The Goldweigher", “Peasant Standing wearing a High Hat”, "Burgomater Six",-third state, "The Triumph of Mordecai", “The Synagogue”, "Rembrandt Drawing", “Abraham sending away Hagar", “The Annunciation to the Shepherds", "Peasant Family Travelling", "The Mill”, "Ephraim Bonus” and "Landscape with Canal and Large Boat".

    In addition, other recent accessions will be shown including four Whistler lithographs to be added to the already important group owned by the Museum; two Hungarian wood blocks; a large group of lithographs by Rudolf Dehn, gift of Mrs. Albert De Silver; eight lithographs by "Pop" Hart; a group of Norwegian etchings and wood engravings and a large number of American etchings by Clement Haupers, Albert L. Groll, Emil Ganso, Edward Borein, Gifford Beal, John Taylor Arms, Martin Lewis, Frederik T. Weber, Luis F. Mora, C. Jac Young, Joseph Margulies and many others.

    The Rembrandts will occupy the first corridor of the print galleries, the rest of this popular gallery to be hung with the recent accessions mentioned above.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 01-06_1932, 002.
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