Works by Picasso, Goya and Dali in European Graphic Art exhibition at Square 500

The Square 500 gallery in Sofia is hosting an exhibition of 80 works, entitled “European Graphic Art – the History of a Collection”, and including works by Rembrandt, Picasso, Dali, Goya and Chagall.

The exhibition, which will be on until January 31 2016, presents a selection of works from the European graphic art collection owned by the National Gallery. Eighty prints have been chosen to offer a glimpse at the achievements, roads and accomplishments of graphic art through a long historical period – from the 17th to the end of the 20th century.

“The topics of power and strength, of violence and its victims – among the innocent as usual – pictured in Goya’s The Disasters of War and La Tauromaqia series, Kathe Kollwitz’s sheets that will never lose their grip on the viewer, Dommie’s bile and sarcasm reaching the expressive power of caricature art, Dali’s graphic sheets showing his respect for the history of art but also his never ending willingness to match its heroes… Picasso produced more than 100 000 graphic works in his lifetime – their variety is impressive even in the small sample of his huge work owned by the National Gallery,” the gallery said in a note on the exhibition.

Many of the artists use graphics as a testing field to formulate their creative experiments and define more precisely their visual languages: Manet, Steinlen, Maillol, Kandinsky, Picasso, Chagall, Ruo, Dali, De Chirico, Vasarely, Marini, Sempere, Canogar and other artists and sculptors who also seem happy to resort to the advantages of the press.

The exhibition features works by “strictly” graphic artists from the second half of the 20th century, such as Raikashy, Brunovski, Kalai, Gazovic, the gallery said.

(Screenshot via BNT)



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