Summer Exhibition, The Unfinished Print, Asks the Question, "When Is a Work of Art Complete?" Prints by Rembrandt, Piranesi, Degas, Munch, and Others

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Exhibition Dates: 
The Unfinished Print, June 2 through August 15, 2004

For the first time in its history, The Frick Collection will host a major special exhibition this summer that is devoted solely to prints and the process of printmaking. This special presentation poses questions that have preoccupied artists, critics, and collectors for centuries: “When is a work of art complete?” and “When do further additions detract from the desired result?” These issues have a particular history in the graphic arts, where images are developed in stages and often distributed at various points in their making. This exhibition will address the complex issue of “finish” in art through the presentation of more than sixty print impressions in varying degrees of completion. Featured artists, European masters from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century, include Albrecht Dürer, Hendrik Goltzius, Parmigianino, Anthony van Dyck, Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, August Rodin, Félix Bracquemond, Paul Gauguin, Edvard Munch, and Jacques Villon.