A touring exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, including prints by four of the 20th century’s greatest artists.
Featuring works by Dalí, Matisse, Picasso and Warhol, the 50 piece collection charts the most creative period of printmaking in the history of western art. Shown together they highlight the different ways the medium was used by each of these creative minds.
For Matisse and Picasso, printmaking was just one of many artistic media they employed, and provided a basis for exploring themes from other areas of their work. Dalí, however, used it as a means of experimentation from which he developed many imaginative new processes.
In contrast, printmaking was Warhol's primary means of expression; his screen-prints of mass-produced images going so far as to challenge the very concept of the 'original' print.