Narrative Art: Sculpture & Illustration

An autumn exhibit and sale of original art, sculpture and illustration will showcase works by both American and International artists, exploring the narrative in both pictures and three-dimensional objects.

The concept that “Every Picture Tells a Story” begins with fantasy designs from the French Renaissance, a series of 120 full-page woodcuts from 1565 influenced by Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breughel to a 1690’s exquisite series of colored engraved trades and professions where each merchant is anatomically composed of the wares they are representing to sell in the style of Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo.  Then follows an engraved broadside print from 1700 illustrating the earliest known representation of a rare books auction.  Slowly the art of illustration developed to what ultimately transforms into a captured moment in narrative where one can experience movement and action from an original ink drawing, watercolor, etching, oil or sculpture. 

This exhibition will include an original drawing of a sideshow Fat Lady and Saltimbanque by Honore Daumier (1878), several actual watercolor maquettes created by Sir William Nicholson 1896 for his famous woodblock sporting series through to a self-portrait by artist Paul Cadmus with his model Jon Anderson and a rare Maurice Sendak etching of a Wild Thing under a moonlit landscape (1980).  Juxtaposed with a first printing of James McNeill Whistler’s “Composition in Grey and Black No. 1” (1878) signed in pencil by both the artist and the printer,  will be a complete set of 14 signed prints by Maxfield Parrish (1897) for his only lifetime limited edition (one of 27 copies).

Sculptures of note will include one of Robert Tait McKenzie’s famous athlete bronzes (1906), a 1930 Aristede Maillol bronze sculpture of a youth, a dancing faun in marble by Attilio Piccirilli (1900), a discus thrower in Rosenthal blanc-de-chine porcelain (1930s), a featured Olympic swimmer by Arno Breker symbolizing “Young Europe” (1976), Rube Gooldberg’s political bronze “The Four Winds” and William Steig’s hand-carved “Timid Man”.

A different perspective in looking at art and illustration with a storytelling focus will transport the viewer to imagining the narrative and hopefully experience a familiar image in a new light.

For the duration of the show, admission to the exhibit will be free during special hours, although generous donations to the museum are always welcome.

An Opening Reception will be held on October 15th beginning at 6:00pm.

Exhibit Info


October 15, 2019 to November 09, 2019