By Eric Denker. Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940 considers the life and work of American and European etchers who shaped and defined an image of Venice – “La Serenissima” – during the early decades of the twentieth century. The works include deeply evocative images of the Grand Canal (John Taylor Arms, James McBey, Louis Conrad Rosenburg), Santa Maria della Salute (Sydney Mackenzie Litten), intimate alleys and squares (John Marin), festive scenes of religious processions (Fabio Mauroner), and unparalled views of the Ca’ d’Oro (Ernest David Roth, John Taylor Arms), The Riva, and the Ducal Palace (Jules Andre Smith, Jan Charles Vondrous). The etchings bear the influence of James McNeill Whistler and his circle, particularly in their ephasis on representing the long vistas, back alleys, and quiet canals where tourists rarely visited – what Whistler called the “Venice of the Venetians.” Curator Eric Denker discusses the prints within the broader context of a community of etchers who worked in the city, examining the how they approached similair subjects, shared prints and letters, and lived and worked in the city. Denker combines through analyses of the prints and the scenes they represent, weaving them together with the lives of artists as revealed through a range of unpublished documents, correspondence, and diary entires. Reflections an Undercurrents deepens our understanding of Venice, its artists, and their image of the city. Published by: The Trout Gallery. 2012.