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UI Museum of Art shows 19th-century French prints Feb. 7-April 19

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art is exhibiting 19th-century French prints from the museum's permanent collection Feb. 7 to April 19 in the Works on Paper Gallery. The free exhibition is presented in conjunction with the museum's Art of the Month mini-course, which will focus on romantic imagery in European prints.

The works on display represent a wide range of styles and techniques, and reflect parallel developments in French painting in the 19th century. The beginnings of impressionism are shown in works by Manet and Degas, while prints by Toulouse-Lautrec and Cezanne represent the origins of post-impressionism. Other prints depict styles including romanticism, sentimental storytelling, symbolism and the Barbizon landscape school.

Most of the prints on display are etchings or lithographs, though a few engravings are included.

Stephen Prokopoff, director of the museum, said "These prints reflect much of what was going on in French art over the course of the 19th century, not just what was being exhibited, but also what was being taught in the art academies."

Jessica Locheed and Missy Gaido Allen, doctoral students in the UI School of Art and Art History, will jointly conduct the Art of the Month mini-course, "Love, Death and Despair: An Exploration of 19th-Century Romantic Prints from the Permanent Collection." The prints currently on view will serve to illustrate the first session, "Till Death Do Us Part . . . An Exploration of the Tragedy and Triumph of Romantic Love." That session, conducted by Locheed at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14 will examine the French artists' unique inclusion of the macabre in romantic works.

Remaining sessions in the Art of the Month series will be held monthly, on Saturdays March 14, April 18 and May 9. Participation in the course is open to the public free of charge. New participants are welcome at each Art of the Month session.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.