This past weekend we went to see PAN—Fin deSiècle Prints: Art Nouveau on Paper at the Frick in Point Breeze. PAN was a periodical devoted to art and culture, published in Berlin at the end of the 19th century. It is considered the first 20th century arts magazine, and featured graphic prints created by many remarkable artists including Beardsley, Kollwitz, Rodin, and Lautrec.
My favorite print in the exhibit was this soft ground etching by Charles Maurin published in PAN vol. 1.
Charles Maurin, Mother and Child, 1896
The description of this image in the gallery informs us that Talouse-Lautrec had one show in a commercial gallery in his lifetime, and it was a 2-man show with Maurin. Maurin is largely forgotten today, but he was known for his draftsmanship and depiction of daily life in Paris, including domestic scenes such as this tender image.
PAN—Fin deSiècle Prints: Art Nouveau on Paper will be on exhibit at the Frick Art and Historical Center until Sept. 11, 2011.