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The Art of the Book: Illustration and Design, 1650 to Present

Eugene Delacroix
Eugene Delacroix
(French, 1798–1863)
L’ombre de Marguerite apparaissant à Faust
(The Shade of Marguerite Appearing to Faust)
Gilbreath-McLorn Museum Fund

A follow up to the highly successful 2003 exhibition The Art of the Book: 1000-1650 this exhibit presents illustrated books produced in the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Books borrowed from Special Collections in Ellis Library (University of Missouri-Columbia) will be displayed together with leaves from the Museum’s own collection. The exhibit will feature examples of books illustrated with original engravings (sometimes hand-colored), etchings, and lithographs. Visitors will trace the evolution of book design over four centuries and see how entrepreneurial publishers brought famous artists and authors together to produce special deluxe editions of various texts. Viewers will also explore the twentieth-century phenomenon of "artists’ books," which function primarily as aesthetic objects. Among the artists whose works will be displayed are William Blake, Eugene Delacroix, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Robert Motherwell.

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