Max Pechstein (German, 1881–1955), Ballet Dancers (recto). 1912, Oil on canvas, 19 x 21 1/2 inches, Widmer Fund Purchase. 1967:3.3

German Expressionism

February 05, 2013 to May 19, 2013

This exhibition of German Expressionist works, including prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Käthe Kollwitz, and Franz Marc, supports art history courses this winter and spring, taught by professors Sherwin Simmons and Joyce Cheng, as well as a May symposium. The exhibition also features the recently restored double-sided painting Ballet Dancers (recto)/Two Women in Lamplight (verso), which the artist Max Pechstein painted in 1912. The painting was purchased for the School of Architecture & Allied Arts in 1953 with the Widmer Art Fund, making the University of Oregon one of six American universities to own a work by Pechstein. In 1967, the work was transferred to the JSMA. Thanks to support from JSMA members through last year’s annual fund and the new Academic Support Grant program, we were able to conserve and reframe the work and borrow a number of works on paper from the Portland Art Museum that are central to our teaching mission.