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).
La Salle owns several hundred Indian miniature paintings, many donated by Dr. Alvin Bellak, dating from the 17th-19th centuries. The predominant themes 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.
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La Salle's collection of traditional African art consists primarily of masks and ritual objects. Many were a bequest from Margaret Webster Plass, one of the first Americans to research and collect African art. The objects in this collection were carved in wood by skilled craftsmen from west and central sub-Saharan Africa.
Please contact the Art Museum if you have questions about artworks on display as well as in storage, including works on paper and special collections of ancient and non-western artworks. firstname.lastname@example.org 215.951.1221