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The Ploughmen (detail), Käthe Kollwitz, ca. 1907. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


  The Ploughmen, Käthe Kollwitz, ca. 1907. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics

Opens December 3, 2019 | The Getty Center
Depicting two men harnessed to a plough and lunging forward across the land, Käthe Kollwitz's The Ploughmen is one of seven evocative prints from her cycle Peasants' War, a modern interpretation of the 16th-century Peasants' War. For its narrative power, scale, and technical complexity, the cycle is thought to be Kollwitz's most ambitious, portraying the harsh conditions of modern industrial labor in Germany. This cycle is currently on view as part of the exhibition Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics.

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  Temple of Jupiter, Jerash, Jordan. Louis Vignes, 1864, paper negative. The Getty Research Institute

Duc de Luynes Archive and Related Photographs by Henri Sauvaire

Documenting the 1864 expedition to the Holy Land undertaken by art collector, archeologist, and scientist Honoré d'Albert, duc de Luynes, this archive comprises records of the first systematic attempt to survey and photograph the geological features of the Dead Sea Basin along with archaeological sites throughout the region, making this one of the most important scientific and archeological missions of the 19th century. It also includes photographs from the second mission by Henri Sauvaire, documenting the castles at Shawbak and Kerak in today's Jordan, ancient ruins, and a view of the road serving the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

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  Chamonix, Mer de Glace, Mont Blanc Massif, John Ruskin and Frederick Crawley, June 1854, daguerreotype. From the collection of the Ruskin Library

Why We Need Ruskin Now

Talk | December 10, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. | The Getty Center
In this lecture, art historian Tim Barringer discusses how the critical practice of Victorian-era art critic John Ruskin can renew art-historical thinking today by reconsidering the critic's expansion of art historical discourse to embrace urgent questions of modernity. To do this, Barringer considers questions Ruskin asked: What can we learn from the natural world and how should we care for it? How should historical monuments be understood and preserved? What is the role of art in education?

This event is part of the Thomas and Barbara Gaehtgens lecture series and is sponsored by the Getty Research Institute Council.

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Tremaine Houses: One Family's Patronage of Domestic Architecture in Midcentury America

Written by Volker M. Welter
Focusing on the architecture and design projects of Burton G. Tremaine, Warren D. Tremaine, Emily Hall Tremaine, and Katharine Williams Tremaine, this volume explores the Tremaine family's architectural patronage via their motivations and values, thus exposing patterns in what might appear to be an eclectic collection of modern architecture. Author Volker M. Welter argues that the Tremaines' patronage was not driven by any single factor but instead stemmed from a network of motives that comprised their clients' practical requirements, private and public lives, and ideas about architecture and art.

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  Call of Death, Käthe Kollwitz, ca. 1937. The Getty Research Institute, 2016.PR.34

Dr. Richard A. Simms Collection of Prints and Drawings by Käthe Kollwitz and Other Artists, Between 1849 and 1995

Finding Aid
The Dr. Richard A. Simms collection comprises over 600 works on paper, including prints, working proofs, and drawings, as well as books, portfolios, and artists' letters. Assembled over a period of 40 years, the core of the collection consists of 239 etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs and 47 drawings by Käthe Kollwitz, one of the foremost graphic artists of the 20th century. Also included are prints and drawings by other significant artists in Kollwitz's orbit, including Ernst Barlach, George Grosz, Lovis Corinth, Max Klinger, Ludwig Meidner, Emil Nolde, and Otto Greiner.

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