Rare finds by old masters
Julia Santen Gallery downtown presents vintage poster art
By Olivia Pool, Special to The Post and Courier
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Turkeys are not the most inspiring things to paint, so no major turkey art shows this week. There are, however, some favorite people who are in town and certainly worth a visit.
The Julia Santen Gallery is a vintage poster gallery that normally deals in original, rare, and unusual poster art dating from 1890 to the 1960s. Owner Julia Santen has decided to branch out this fall by adding some works by Old Masters. Santen currently has five Rembrandt etchings and 12 other dry point/etching/lithograph/aquatints by Cezanne, Cassatt, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Helleu, Chagall, Leger, Rouault and de Koonig.
“Mere et Enfant a la Tour Eiffel” by Marc Chagall will be part of the exhibit at Julia Santen Gallery.
One of the most notable of these is an etching by Rembrandt called “Adoration of the Shepherds.” The piece portrays a touching Christian manger scene, complete with all the animals surrounding Christ and the shepherds. There is also a 1954 lithography by Chagall that depicts a mother and child at the Eiffel Tower. An expert in vintage works, Santen says that this signed and numbered piece is “a very good impression of this scarce, early print.”
Yet another example of these rare finds is an 1898 lithograph by Toulouse-Lautrec that even has the artist’s red ink stamp in the left corner.
If you are a serious collector, this is a great opportunity to get your hands on some work by some of the most famous names in art history. Visit the Julia Santen Gallery in person at 188 King St., at www.juliasantengallery.com or call 534-0758