Thursday 24 March 2011 Thomas Rowlandson to open at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England opens at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center on April 8, 2011
With heavy handed humour and low subject matter, the work of Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) provides an invaluable insight into the workings and mentality of late Georgian society. Rowlandson’s irony-laden look on the age’s pleasures, both public and private, is explored through this exhibition of seventy-two watercolors and prints from the Art Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale Center for British Art, Walpole Library, Beinecke Library, and Vassar College Library, Special Collections.
Organized by the Art Center, Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England is the first major exhibition in the United States on this artist’s work in twenty years. Since then, scholars have placed new emphasis on the social and political contexts of satirical watercolours, drawings, and prints of the period. The time is right for a reappraisal of Rowlandson's work, and this exhibition and its catalogue aim to re-introduce his art to American audiences.