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The Artist, the Poet and the Centaur
Saturday, June 1 (UTC)
Wharton Esherick Museum - Visitor Center Gallery
Saturday, June 01 - Sunday, September 01
Wharton Esherick Museum - Visitor Center Gallery at 1520 Horseshoe Trail
Malvern, PA
Wharton Esherick Museum
(610) 644-5822
Wharton Esherick Museum


In 1924 Harold Mason, founder of the Centaur Press in Philadelphia asked Wharton Esherick to illustrate the press' first publication: an edition of Walt Whitman's Song of the Broad-Axe. Esherick had long been a fan of Whitman’s poetry, and Song of the Broad-Axe particularly spoke to the artist, his world view and the path he’d chosen for his life. This exhibition, in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, looks closely at the Centaur's publication of this poem and features many of the original woodblocks used for the book, as well conceptual sketches, original prints and the rarely seen, hand illuminated edition made by the artist as a gift for his wife.


Tuesday-Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Sunday: 1pm - 4pm

Photo credit: Wharton Esherick in Fairhope, 1919. Esherick Family Photo Albums courtesy of Wharton Esherick Museum