Escape to Adventure: Focus on Arthur E. Becher

March 19, 2011 - January 15, 2012

1971-75 German émigré artist Arthur Ernst Becher (1877-1960) studied in Milwaukee and Munich before joining Howard Pyle’s school of illustration in 1902.  He went on to a long career, publishing illustrations for diversionary fiction that gave readers a generation of armchair adventures — ranging from thrilling historical exploits to contemporary crises of family and workplace. This exhibition also included a number of works in the same vein by other illustrators.Left:
Nikky’s resistance to search, with the revolver so close, was short-lived,
Arthur E. Becher (1877-1941)
Crayon and gouache on illustration board, 24 5/8 x 17 5/8 inches
Gift of the estate of Frieda Becher, 1971
“You were happy!” said the king. “You were disobedient. You were causing grave anxiety and you were happy! The first
duty of a prince is to his country.”,
Arthur E. Becher (1877-1941)
Black crayon and white gouache on illustration board, 15 3/8 x 22 3/8 inches
Gift of the estate of Frieda Becher, 1971


Escape to Adventure was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.
Delaware Division of the Arts
This exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


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