Stark Museum of Art Special Exhibition A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures

Image courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston. Photograph © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Johann Heinrich Tischbein II (1742 – 1808), “A Hunting Dog Stalking”, 1773, engraving, 5 x 6 1/4 inches (plate or block), 6 3/4 x 8 inches (sheet), Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston, 2019.9.

Photo: Johann Heinrich Tischbein II (1742 – 1808), “A Hunting Dog Stalking”, 1773, engraving, 5 x 6 1/4 inches (plate or block), 6 3/4 x 8 inches (sheet), Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston, 2019.9. Image courtesy of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston. Photograph © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Stark Museum of Art Special Exhibition, A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures

(ORANGE, TX) – The Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas, presents the special exhibition A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, from October 7, 2022 through April 8, 2023.

This exhibition introduces a subject familiar to visitors to the Stark Museum – that of hunting, but from a different point of view, the European historical view of hunting. Hunting has been a ubiquitous theme in Western art and literature since the days of ancient Greece. The sport, often approaching ritual status, was generally heavily regulated and restricted to the nobility, with violators facing severe penalties, including, in some cases, death. A Noble Pastime includes 16th-19th century depictions of various aspects of hunting, such as hunting expeditions, game pieces, and portraits of hunters as well as animals. This exhibition aims to shed light on various methods of hunting, to highlight the role of hunting as an exclusive activity in modern European culture, and to emphasize the use of hunting imagery as conscious tool to shape one’s identity.

A Noble Passtime: Hunting Pictures from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation has fifty-six works of art, including paintings, prints, illustrated rare books and a decorative arts object. Artists include Jacques Callot, Willem van Aelst, George Stubbs and many other French, Dutch, British, German and Flemish artists. Portraits of hunting dogs and a hunting horse show the importance of animals for the enjoyment of the hunting adventure and for the success of the hunt. The works in the exhibition feature falconry, the use of trained falcons to hunt prey. Educational additions to the exhibit include an audio tour, scavenger hunt, and reading area. The exhibit is on loan from the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston, Texas.

About the Stark Museum of Art

The Stark Museum of Art houses one of the nation’s largest collections of Western American art and is located in the heart of historic downtown Orange, Texas. Rare paintings, sculptures, prints, and books interpret the West from 19th-century frontier artists to 20th-century artistic colonies in New Mexico and focus on the beautiful land, dramatic people, and diverse wildlife of the American West. The museum features artists such as Frederic Remington, John James Audubon, John Mix Stanley and Charles Marion Russell. There is also a large collection of Native American artifacts, including baskets, pottery, clothing, and jewelry.



The Stark Museum of Art is located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit Starkmuseum.org

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