The Getty Center
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Past Event

Figure Studies / Menzel
Françoise Forster-Hahn traces the unique role that drawing assumed in German-speaking countries during the period from the Romantic Movement at the beginning of the 19th-century to the Realism of Adolph Menzel (1815–1905) toward the end of the century. The interaction of politics and culture profoundly shaped the practice and theory of the visual arts during a century that was deeply marked by political upheavals ranging from the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars to the founding of the German Empire in 1871. Drawing in its many diverse facets was central to the artistic enterprise of the Romantic artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, as well as to the painters of the mid-1800s, who revived history painting in monumental murals intended to serve the purpose of nation-building. Drawing assumed its most innovative and imaginative function in the art of Adolph Menzel, who declared "No day without a line."

Françoise Forster-Hahn is distinguished professor of art history at the University of California, Riverside. She has written and edited numerous books and catalogues on German art of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Imagining Modern German Culture: 1889–1910. Forster-Hahn has received numerous awards and distinctions, and is a member of the UC Riverside Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Complements the exhibition Spirit of an Age: Drawing from the Germanic World, 1770–1900

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