Prints and Drawings:
The La Salle Art Museum has a collection of over 3500 European and American prints from the late 15th century to the present. From Dürer to Dali, this collection covers the traditional media: woodcut, engraving, mezzotint, aquatint, drypoint, lithographs and silkscreen. Because of limited exhibition space as well as for conservation considerations, we are not able to keep these prints on permanent exhibition. Selections may be studied and viewed by appointment.
Thanks to a gift from the Museum’s great benefactor, Benjamin D. Bernstein, La Salle owns over 100 color woodcuts, referred to as "Ukiyo-e" (floating world) from the last quarter of the nineteenth century. A smaller collection of twentieth century Japanese prints reveals a similar stylistic sensibility, but is marked by a greater interest in abstraction.
A collection of ancient Greek terra-cotta vases and clay Tanagra statuettes was generously donated to the La Salle Art Museum by career diplomat Daniel Gaudin and his wife Helen.
The Greek vases range in age from the Geometric (c. 900 - 700 BC) to the Hellenistic period (c. 323-27 BC).
Most of the several hundred Indian miniature paintings in the La Salle collection were generously donated by Dr. Alvin Bellak. They are from the 17th-19th centuries, the period when the Mughal and then the British Empire held sway over the princely feudal states that made up India. The geographical diversity of these Indian states accounted for the growth of distinct schools of native Rajput painting. The predominant themes in La Salle's collection of Indian Rajput miniatures are related to Hindu culture: love, poetry, musical modes, and the imaginative and exotic exploits of the gods (especially Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) and their numerous incarnations.
La Salle's small collection of African tribal art consists primarily of masks and other practical objects and implements. It was the bequest of Margaret Webster Plass, a Philadelphian and one of the first Americans seriously to research and collect African art. The objects in this collection were carved in wood by skilled and trained craftsmen from sub-Saharan, west, and central Africa.