12 from Texas: A Portfolio of Lithographs

The Bywaters Special Collection staff just installed the 12 From Texas portfolio on the second floor of the Hamon Arts Library. In 1952, Southern Methodist University Press decided to, according to its press release for 12 From Texas, “make available at a reasonable price the work of outstanding regional artists.” The subject matter of these reproductions of lithographs was the Southwestern landscape in all its diversity. Jerry Bywaters, director of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, conceived the idea for the portfolio, selecting the prints and writing the foreword, which was one of the first published overviews of how this medium developed in the Southwest. It was the first such publication by a Texas press, although University of New Mexico Press had published similar portfolios of regional art. Continue reading “12 from Texas: A Portfolio of Lithographs”

Graphic Novels at Hamon

Hamon and Fondren hold diverse collections of graphic novels that cover a range of subjects such as cultural identity, illness, politics, and history. Graphic novels are usually longer than comic books and tell a single story within one volume. Graphic novels tell stories in a way that regular novels do not, with a certain level of abstraction, artistic flexibility, and (many times) underlying humor. Continue reading “Graphic Novels at Hamon”

Emil Nolde: Christ Among the Children

Thank you to LaGail Davis for contributing this commentary on Emil Nolde’s painting, Christ Among the Children, excerpted from a class essay.

As quoted by Pois, Nolde declares, “I had to be artistically free, not to have God before me as a steel-hard Assyrian ruler, but God in me, hot and holy as the love of Christ” (84). “The cold, paternal God of Old Testament authority, the Father God who, out of a sort of
divine crankiness turned people to salt or swallowed them up in earthquakes, had to be shoved way from him” (Pois, 85). Nolde desired a relationship with God that was tender, non-judgmental and uncomplicated. In the painting by Nolde called Christ Among the Children, (Figure 3) it is apparent to which character he attributes loving qualities and to whom he attributes rebuking qualities. Continue reading “Emil Nolde: Christ Among the Children”