Pan: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Europe 1895-1900

February 21 – May 3, 2015

This exhibition presents graphic works by renowned artists of the fin de siècle that were published in Pan, the journal of an eponymous Berlin-based cooperative of artists, poets, and critics. Published from 1895 to 1900, Pan served as an important document of the transformation of taste and ideas during this period. It recorded the transition from modern forms of representation in the nineteenth century to the emergence of abstraction and expressionism in the twentieth.

The exhibition includes works by Aubrey Beardsley, Käthe Kollwitz, Auguste Rodin, Georges Seurat, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as well as key figures in the Frye Founding Collection such as Wilhelm Leibl, Max Liebermann, Hans Thoma, and Franz von Stuck, who designed the distinctive logo and first prospectus for the journal.

The creation of a truly polystylistic, polyglot, pan-European publication such as Pan was in the spirit of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or great united artwork (which is also expressed in the architectural designs presented in the concurrent exhibition 1900). At the direction of Pan’s editors, illustrations were printed with the same care and integrity as the original works of art, in the belief that graphic arts provided access, for all, to the finest artists of the day.

Pan: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Europe 1895–1900 is organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood.

The exhibition at the Frye Art Museum is made possible through the Frye Foundation with generous support of Frye Art Museum members and donors. Seasonal support is provided by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, ArtsFund, and 4Culture. Media sponsorship is provided by Classical KING FM.

Franz von Stuck. Cover illustration for Pan prospectus, n.d. Woodcut. Courtesy of Landau Traveling Exhibitions and Denenberg Fine Arts, Inc.
Peter Behrens. Untitled (The Kiss), 1898. Color woodcut, published in Pan IV, no. 2. Courtesy of Landau Traveling Exhibitions and Denenberg Fine Arts, Inc.
Aubrey Beardsley. Isolde (first appeared in The Studio). Reproduction in line etching and printed color, published in Pan V, no. 4. Courtesy of Landau Traveling Exhibitions and Denenberg Fine Arts, Inc.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender en Buste (Bust of Miss Marcelle Lender), n.d. Color lithograph Published in Pan I, no. 3, 1895. Courtesy of Landau Traveling Exhibitions and Denenberg Fine Arts, Inc.