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<P>William Hogarth (1697-1764): <EM>Gin Lane,</EM> 1751Etching and Engraving, 39 x 32,3 cmStädel Museum, Frankfurt am MainPhoto: Städel Museum – ARTHOTHEK</P>

William Hogarth (1697-1764): Gin Lane, 1751
Etching and Engraving, 39 x 32,3 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum – ARTHOTHEK

Vices of Life: The Prints of William Hogarth
FRANKFURT, GERMANY  •  Städel Museum  •  10 June - 6 September 2015
In its bicentennial year “200 Years Städel” -  Frankfurt’s Städel Museum presents prints by the English painter, engraver and etcher William Hogarth (1697 -1764). Altogether seventy works including the famous printmaking series A Harlot’s Progress (1732), A Rake’s Progress (1735) and Marriage à la Mode (1745) are on view in the exhibition hall of the Department of Prints and Drawings. These visual novels from the Städel holdings take the fashions, vices and downsides of modern life in the London metropolis as their themes. Hogarth conceived of his artworks as printed theatre of his times and with them he laid the cornerstone for socio-critical caricature in England. The prints owe their special quality to the keen powers of perception and caustic humour of an artist who contributed so greatly to shaping the image of his era that it is still referred to as “Hogarth’s England” today. Executed during Johann Friedrich Städel’s lifetime, the engravings are among the Städel’s oldest holdings and mirror the critical spirit inherent to this institution since its founding.

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Contact: Städel Museum
Schaumainkai 63
60596 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (49) 69 60 50 98-0

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