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New University gallery unveils 'The Art of Lithography'

Hyacinthe Aubry-Lecomte, after a drawing by Anne-Louis Girodet, Erigone

The University of Kent will hold its inaugural exhibition 'The Art of Lithography' at the School of Arts' new gallery in the Jarman Building on the Canterbury campus.

The exhibition will run from 24 March to 7 May. The gallery known as the Studio 3 Gallery is free and open to all between 9am-5pm on weekdays.

The exhibition brings together many rare and important prints by French artists in the 19th century and re-examines the way lithography became a significant part of the visual culture and artistic production in France in that period.

Beginning with the first flourishing of artistic lithography in the Bourbon era, the exhibition explores how lithography took on special importance for artists associated with Romanticism in the first half of the nineteenth century. The exhibition goes on to look at the revival of lithography toward the end of the century in the work of artists such as Fantin-Latour.

The exhibition is curated by Professor Stephen Bann and Dr Jon Kear. Professor Stephen Bann is the author of 'Parallel Lines: Printmakers, Painters and Photographers in Nineteenth Century France' and curator of 'Painting History: Delaroche and Lay Jane Grey', an exhibition currently at the National Gallery, London.

Dr Jon Kear, Lecturer in History & Philosophy of Art, is currently working on a book on Fantin-Latour, a leading artist in the revival of lithographic printmaking in France in the 1870s.

An illustrated catalogue of the exhibition, which features essays by both Professor Stephen Bann and Dr Jon Kear, is available to download free of charge from the School of Arts website.



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