Contemplating Character explores the evolution of portraiture from the end of the 18th century until the present. In contrast to portraiture as the tired flattery of the rich and powerful at the end of the eighteenth century, the invigorating new movements of Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism that took hold of art at the end of the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth century were the result of a desire for a sense of "unvarnished truth," and a more honest and gritty incisiveness of depiction emerged. By the twentieth century, the hallmark of the portrait was individuality; the sense of “personality” was primary, whether stylistically Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, Surrealist, or Realist. The works are drawn from the collection of esteemed curator, Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine arts Museums of San Francisco. Public reception: Saturday, September 22, 4-6pm, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, 2nd floor Insalaco Hall. Free and open to the public of all ages. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP or to schedule a tour please contact Alexandra Isaac, firstname.lastname@example.org or (570) 674-8422.