Master Prints

Master Prints from the Goebel Collection from Eastern University

DegasMontgomery County Community College is holding the first major exhibition of a special print collection on loan from Eastern University, Wayne, Pa., that highlights 500 years of printmaking by master artists.

The exhibit, “Master Prints from the Goebel Collection,” opens October 25 at the College’s Fine Arts Center Gallery on its Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the community.

The 63 prints on display are part of a collection of 1,300 prints donated to Eastern University by a New York attorney, Harry C. Goebel, in the 1960s. The prints represent a range of printmaking styles, techniques, and artists from the early 16th century through the mid-20th century. The earliest selection on display is a woodcut by German polymath Albrecht Dürer from 1509, while one of the latest prints is a linoleum block print by Richard Smith from 1966. 

The exhibit also includes other significant artists, such as Jacques Callot, a 16th century French printmaker who designed series of comical figures and the disasters of war; Rembrandt,Kollwitz who depicted both high and low in his art; Francisco de Goya, whose dark fantasies pushed the boundaries of printmaking in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; and members of the Impressionist circle, including Manet, Degas, and Morisot.  

“The important detail to remember about prints is they can be reproduced multiple times from a single plate or block. It is a democratic medium, designed to put images and text before the largest number of people possible, and our exhibition shows how artists have used this medium over the centuries for personal, commercial, and political ends,” Galleries Director Patrick Rodgers explains. “For example, German artist Kathe Kollwitz used her prints to promote socialist and pacifist themes, while Colombian artist Omar Rayo's relief print of a shopping bag is a cheeky comment on modern consumerism.”

GoyaThe exhibit will be on display through January 6, 2018. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Weekend group tours are available by appointment by contacting Patrick Rodgers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215-619-7349. The tours are free, take approximately an hour and provide a greater insight into individual artists, styles and movements featured in the exhibition.

Images (top to bottom):
Edgar Degas, Bust of Manet.  Etching, ca. 1864.  From the Goebel Collection of Warner Memorial Library, Eastern University.
Käthe Kollwitz, March of the Weavers.  Etching, 1897.  From the Goebel Collection of Warner Memorial Library, Eastern University.

Francisco de Goya, Poised Folly (Disparate Puntal
).  Etching and aquatint, 1877.  From the Goebel Collection of Warner Memorial Library, Eastern University.