National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

image: The Prints of Félix Buhot: Impressions of City and Sea; September 4, 2005 - February 20, 2006

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image: Félix-Hilaire Buhot, 'Hiver à Paris (Winter in Paris), 1879French artist Félix-Hilaire Buhot (1847–1898) created impressionist prints notable for their inventiveness in reproducing the effects of weather, such as rain, snow, mist, and fog. The National Gallery of Art has an outstanding collection of over one hundred Buhot prints and drawings, many rare, from which this exhibition is drawn. Some sixty prints and several drawings closely examine Buhot's experimental techniques through his two most frequent subjects: the city and the sea. His city prints depict the grand public squares and streets of Paris and London; his seascapes render passing tempests and foreboding skies and suggest pervasive melancholy. Like his contemporaries, Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, Buhot was interested in exploring new ways of rendering atmospheric effects: in single prints he not only combined different techniques, such as etching, drypoint, aquatint and even photomechanical reproduction, but also employed different types of inks and papers.