The Pudil Family Foundation supported the exhibition Three Centuries of American Prints

As part of its autumn 2016 programme, the National Gallery in Prague, in partnership with the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, presented the exhibition Three Centuries of American Prints. Offering a broad historical overview of graphic art in the USA from the early 18th century almost up to the present, the exhibition also provides a fascinating glimpse into the historical, social and political evolution of the country.

The 140 works on show are arranged both thematically and chronologically. Besides less widely known artists of the colonial period and the Revolution, you will also find prints by icons of the 20th century such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Alexander Calder – names not generally associated with the print medium. 

Robert Havell after John James Audubon - White American Pelican. Gift of Mrs. Walter B. James. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Robert Havell after John James Audubon - White American Pelican. Gift of Mrs. Walter B. James. Photographer: Ric Blanc

A work that has become emblematic of the exhibition is John James Audubon’s Pelican, from his classic book The Birds of America, which together with other natural history illustrations reminds us of the fascination many artists felt for the rich variety of American fauna and flora.

Three Centuries of American Prints is on at the Trade Fair Palace, Prague, until 8 January 2017. Open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 6 pm.

Mary Cassatt - Woman Bathing. Gift of Mrs. Lessing J. Rosenwald. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Mary Cassatt - Woman Bathing. Gift of Mrs. Lessing J. Rosenwald. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Richard Diebenkom - Green, 1986. Eugene L. and Marie-Louise Garbáty Foundation, National Gallery of Art. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Richard Diebenkom - Green, 1986. Eugene L. and Marie-Louise Garbáty Foundation, National Gallery of Art. Photographer: Ric Blanc
John Hill - View from Fishkill Looking to West Point. Donald and Nancy deLaski Foundation. Photographer: Christina Moore
John Hill - View from Fishkill Looking to West Point. Donald and Nancy deLaski Foundation. Photographer: Christina Moore
Michele Fanoli - Politics in an Oyster-House. Corcoan Collection, National Gallery of Art. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Michele Fanoli - Politics in an Oyster-House. Corcoan Collection, National Gallery of Art. Photographer: Ric Blanc
James McNeill Whistler - Nocturno, 1879-1880. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Watson Webb. Photographer: Ric Blanc
James McNeill Whistler - Nocturno, 1879-1880. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Watson Webb. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Grant Wood - Shrine Quartet. Reba and Dave Williams Collection, Florian Carr Fund and Gift of the Print. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Grant Wood - Shrine Quartet. Reba and Dave Williams Collection, Florian Carr Fund and Gift of the Print. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Jasper Johns - Flags I. Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection Published by Jasper Johns and Simca. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Jasper Johns - Flags I. Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection Published by Jasper Johns and Simca. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Kara Walker - No World, Donald and Nancy deLaski Foundation, National Gallery of Art. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Kara Walker - No World, Donald and Nancy deLaski Foundation, National Gallery of Art. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Robert Havell after John James Audubon - White American Flamingo, 1838. National Gallery of Art
Robert Havell after John James Audubon - White American Flamingo, 1838. National Gallery of Art
Johns, Jasper. Flags I. Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection Published by Jasper Johns and Simca. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Johns, Jasper. Flags I. Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection Published by Jasper Johns and Simca. Photographer: Ric Blanc
George Bellows - Mužská záležitost u Sharkey's, 1917. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Photographer: Ric Blanc
George Bellows - Mužská záležitost u Sharkey's, 1917. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Roy Lichtenstein - Sweet Dreams Baby! Gift of Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photographer: Ric Blanc
Roy Lichtenstein - Sweet Dreams Baby! Gift of Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photographer: Ric Blanc

The Pudil Family Foundation is an open non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of Czech and international modern and contemporary art through the realization of innovative exhibitions, research and educational projects. 

For more information regarding the Foundation and our projects, visit www.pudilfamilyfoundation.org.