NICHOLS GALLERY

2015

Luigi Rist

THE TWIST OF RIST: LASTING IMPRESSIONS BY LUIGI RIST

May 23 – August 21, 2015

Curated by RaVae Luckhart

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Louis G. Rist (American, 1888–1959) was an unusually talented woodblock printmaker of some renown in the early- and mid-20th century. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Rist was interested in art from a young age and received his formal training as a painter at the Grand Central School of Art in New York. While there, Rist met Sigurd Skou (Norwegian, 1875–1929) and Theodore Braithwaite (American, n.d.) both of whom remained lifelong friends and were instrumental in his development. In 1929, Rist accompanied Skou to Concarneau, an artist’s colony in Brittany, where he assumed the Italian name “Luigi”—which he felt was much more artistic than “Louis.” The French pronounced Louis as Louie, and, by adding his middle initial resulted in “Louie G,” or “Luigi,” a linguistic joke that delighted Rist. However, the extraordinary prints that brought Luigi fame are not Italianesque, but instead reflect a distinctly Japanese aesthetic.

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SPONSORS:

The prints in this exhibition were generously loaned to the San Juan Islands Museum of Art by Gregory B. Maynard of San Juan Island. Other sponsors include The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Printonyx, Browne’s Home Center and Harbor Rentals.