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Spirit of the Everyday: Prints by Herbert Pullinger

Curated by Constance Kimmerle, Ph.D., Curator of Collections

December 20, 2014 – March 29, 2015
Bette and Nelson Pfundt Gallery

Herbert Stewart Pullinger (1878-1961) lived in Philadelphia and spent many summers in Lumberville, Pennsylvania. He emerged as one of America’s foremost wood engravers during the 1920s.

Spirit of the Everyday: Prints by Herbert Pullinger features a select group of wood engravings and wood blocks drawn from the Michener’s collection and gifted by Ann and Martin Snyder. The works depict landscapes and scenes of houses, stores, barns, post offices, bridges, canals, river flatboats, lighthouses, coal breakers, and steel furnaces that the artist encountered in the 1920s and ‘30s in Pennsylvania and New Jersey .

Expressing the ‘spirit of the everyday’ was a genuine concern for many American artists in the early twentieth century. As the works reveal in his renderings of a snow scene in rural Bucks County, in urban Philadelphia or in an industrial scene in Pittsburgh, Pullinger’s creations moved beyond the mere description of a place to fully capture its distinctive spirit and vital energy.

Born in Philadelphia, Pullinger studied at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts (now University of the Arts) and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and taught graphic arts and watercolor at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art. A recipient of the Eyre Gold Medal from the Philadelphia Water Color Club in 1925, Pullinger also received a silver medal from the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial International Exposition.

Spirit of the Everyday: Prints by Herbert Pullinger is supported by Vivian Banta and Robert Field.

Image: Herbert Stewart Pullinger (1878-1961), Village Hotel (Lumberville, Bucks County, PA), n.d., wood engraving on paper, 9 5/8 x 11 3/4". James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Ann and Martin Snyder.

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