Museum Collections

In this section you will find
names of institutions with great
online collections and links to
their database.

Legion of Honor - The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
O
ne of the earliest collections to be fully digitized online.

The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago has a massive collection of works on paper, due to a longstanding aggressive aquisition policy.  The collection is only partially digitized, but still very useful.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Many objects are not reproduced, but with 350,000 objects listed, it is a phenomenal well of information nonetheless.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Searching of French works on paper in this collectiion is hit or miss.  The collections are vast, but not endless.  Chances are you will not find much more than the odd item by a lesser know artists, but you could get lucky.  Try a search for works by Auguste Lepere, or Odilon Redon for that matter, and prepare to be amazed!

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
While MoMA's collection doesn't have much depth in French modern printmaking, there are some very notable exceptions, such as for the work of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, or Jacques Villon.  And it never hurts to spend some time looking at some of the masterpieces in other art historical categories.

Musée d'Orsay, Paris
d'Orsay's collection doesn't contain works on paper.  Those works are in the Bibliothèque Nationale.  However, that collection is not digitized...  There is an alphabetical artist catalogue that goes to the letter “M”…  This was published circa 1968…  Mmmh, yes…  So, for want of an overview of the unimaginably rich collections of works on paper of the French state, enjoy going through the equally amazing holdings of paintings.

New York Public Library
The NYPL boasts of holding over 3,000 etchings, lithographs, and some drawings, by prominent 19th-century printmakers.  Most of these works are part of the S.P. Avery Collection, complemented by holdings found in the general Print Collection.  This collection is very rich in works on paper by Félix Bracquemond, Félix Buhot, Francisco Goya, Charles Jacque, Edouard Manet, and Camille Pissarro.  Finally, don't forget to spend some time admiring the collection of prints by James A.M. Whistler.

Technical Demonstrations

In this section you will find links to well-presented demonstrations of printmaking techniques.

Stencil - Pochoir
For a show titled The Windows on the War , the Art Institute of Chicago asked artist Alexis Petroff to recreate a stencil poster (also known as "pochoir" in French printmaking).  It reveals the amazing amount of work need to create such complex images.

Intaglio (etching, aquatint, engraving, etc.)
This video created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  It is very well explained.  If only they loaded a larger version!

Lithography
This video created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  It is very well explained.  If only they loaded a larger version!

Relief (woodcut, linocut, etc.)
This video created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  It is very well explained.  If only they loaded a larger version!

Screenprinting / Serigraphy
This video created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  It is very well explained.  If only they loaded a larger version!

Research & Documentation

In this section you will find
links to institutions' website which offer hard to find books and other documents.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - GALLICA
While the general site of the venerable French institution is, what I would call, a real mess, the BN's online library has become a unsurpassed resource for all things French art related.  Their effort to scan books by the millions is now really paying off.  Whether you are trying to see a copy of the Figaro on January 1st 1900, or interested in reading Joris-Karl Huysmans A Rebours in its manuscript form, you'll find it here.

WorldCat
Are you looking for a book?  WorldCat will tell you where to find it in a library some place near you.  Granted, if you live in Riverton Wyoming, the nearest copy of La Loïe Fuller, illustrated by Pierre Roche and with the introduction by Roger-Marx, will force you to drive 13 hours to Riverside, California.

Storage, presentation, transport, etc.

Bring out the best in your collection.

Slipcase Books

If you own a rare or antique book, or any book that has a special meaning to you, and you want to keep it safe from harm, Ron Kieper is your man.  He made 130 slipcovers for the deluxe copies of Michel Estèbe’s catalogue raisonné.  Each and every one was perfect.  Thanks Ron!