NOVELS IN WOODCUT:

"Wordless picture stories have a unique and especially intimate relationship to their reader. In order to follow the narrative, these works ask the viewer to decipher what has taken place, then connect the dots from one image to the text. Though these stories can be quickly scanned and comprehended, what they offer grows with repeated viewing. The more you scrutinize each image, the more information unfolds." - Peter Kuper

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HELENA BOCHORAKOVA-DITTRICHOVA
     (Czechoslovian 1894-1980)


   childhood
   Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova, Childhood: A Cycle of Woodcuts
   CHILDHOOD: "A Cycle of Wooduts", 1931

   • matt bray illustration


ROGER BUCK   (Germany, )

Roger Buck was German and a contemporary of Masereel. His graphic novel "Biraka" is eerily suggestive of the fantasy work of the artist and filmmaker Tim Burton. . ."

  
   wood engraving © 1933, Roger Buck

   BIRAKA, a novel in woodcuts, 1934
      "Edition de luxe limited to 100 copies. . ."
      "Handprinted by the artist from the original woodblocks
      "Introduction by Dorothy Wilcock"
       © March 27, 1934, New York, 1934


LAURENCE HYDE   (English/Canadian 1914-1987)

   Laurence Hyde, Southern Cross, cover, 1951
   Laurence Hyde, Southern Cross, 1951, woodcut

   SOUTHERN CROSS, 1951   |   First Folio

   • drawing and quarterly
   • Poets Against The War


FRANS MASEREEL   (Belgium 1889-1972)

  • website

"If I remember correctly, I felt the need to escape all these representations of war. So I turned to something more inside of me. With the 'Book of Hours' I wanted from what I did every day, detach, that is, from my reviews, my satires, my accusations against the war and by the impetuosity of my expression, I guess I wanted to express something else, and so have I started with my story autobiographical character that I romanticized a bit. I think that is the essence is of the, say what I wanted, I pushed it out a bit of my philosophy, and perhaps contains, My Book of Hours' with its 167 woodcuts potentially everything that I've created it, for I have elsewhere and later developed a number of issues with it." - Masereel on "My Book of Hours", 1919 (Analects, 1967, p 43/44)

   Frans Masereel The Passion of a Man
   Frans Masereel The Passion of a Man
   Frans Masereel The Passion of a Man
   25 Images de la Passion d'un Homme 1918
      Die Passion eines Menschen
      THE PASSION OF A MAN
      25 woodcuts

     Frans Masereel My Book of Hours
  
                 frontispiece: Self Portrait
   Frans Masereel My Book of Hours
   Frans Masereel My Book of Hours
   Frans Masereel
   Frans Masereel
   Frans Masereel My Book of Hours
   Frans Masereel

   MON LIVRE D'HEURES 1919
      Mein Stundenbuch
      MY BOOK OF HOURS
      167 woodcuts

   Frans Masereel
      PASSIONATE JOURNEY (1947)
      forward by Romain Rolland
      introduction by Thomas Mann (on dust jacket)
      NY: Lear Pub. 1948
      frontispiece: 22 pages; 165 woodcuts

"Behold! I do not give lectures, or a little charity: When I give, I give myself." - Walt Whitman

"Pleasures and pains, barbs, pleasantries, experiences and follies, straw and hay, figs and grapes, green fruit, sweet fruit, roses and rose-hips, things I have seen, and read, and known, and had—things I have lived!" - Romain Rolland

"This novel involves a meeting and fusing of two arts - the infusion of the aristocratic spirit of art into the democratic spirit of cinema. This text provides an artistically produced film of life. Masereel is very fond of the cinema and has even written a scenario himself. He calls his book "Romans en images," - novels in pictures." - Oak Knoll

"These are simple statements. In them an artist explains, in words of foreign languages he loves, that he has no intention of teaching or exhorting; he wishes to depict not just a carefully chosen part of himself but all of himself. Here is no moralist, no pedagogue, no guardian of souls, no zealot with a one-track mind. Here we are in the presence of a good companion—a kind, sincere, naive fellow who lives life to the full and, if he criticizes it for its distortions, does so not out of bitter disillusionment but with natural, unaffected feeling. Does that not inspire unusual confidence as a beginning?. . .

. . . You may find in Masereel the creative artist that worldliness, pure delight in the adventure of life. In his "Passionate Journey" there are eight pictures portraying the hero simply as a friend and lover of children, as a ‘big brother’ to the young, standing on his head for them, telling them stories, playing games with them. More than a dozen woodcuts deal with women, the raptures of the body, disappointments in love. No fewer than ten express the majesty of the sea. Thirteen tell of distant journeys to the land of the Moors and of the Chinese. Then there are those in which he does everyday, inconsequential things: boxing, dancing, playing an accordion, folk-dancing at a picnic, climbing and shooting, eating well, drinking and sleeping, skating and bicycling, strolling and lolling in the fields, occasionally even saving somebody’s life. Experiences and follies . . . four of the 165 pictures present him listening to a speaker at a mass meeting, studying social problems in a library, even making a revolutionary speech himself and stirring a crowd of men to revolt. Then come other adventures…"
review by Thomas Mann (paraphrased) 1925

  
  
  
   THE SUN, 1919
      limited, signed edition
      63 original woodcuts
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

The Sun is basically one large pictorial novel depicting a man’s search for peace, happiness and the sun. This quest takes place in a smoke stacked industrial city, juxtaposing the inner and outer quest of the protagonist with the harsh realities of the outside world. . .


  
  
  
   STORY WITHOUT WORDS 1920
      60 woodcuts

  
   Geschichte ohne Worte (Story Without Words)
   ein Roman in Bildern (a Novel in Pictures), 1920

      Afterword by Hermann Hesse
      Wiesbaden: Insel-Verlag, 1952

The images in " Story Without Words." are strung along the line of a clever conceit: a man tries to woo a woman he’s smitten with, and all his sweet words, bragging, and imploring are shown by shifting the background behind their figures. When he says he’ll show her around the town, a restaurant table appears, bedecked with fine food. When he brags about his strength, a circus-ring with a weightlifter appears. A few juxtapositions clap together polar opposites that become two sides of the same coin: in one panel, the man doffs a top hat, a flower jutting from the lapel of his tuxedo, feeling like a millionaire; in the next panel he is shown in rags, a poor beggar. In one panel he is kneeling in prayer before the woman, in front of a church; in the next panel he is crawling after her, while in the street a dog tries to sniff the hind end of its prospective mate. Altogether, it plays like a pure visual distillation of every love song ever sung.


  
  
  
   DIE IDEE - THE IDEA, 1920
      83 woodcuts

"An Idea springs from the mind of the Thinker and goes out into the world. She is naked, female, radiant, a pocket Venus embodying all ideals, and she finds herself in the mean streets of a twentieth century city - among politicians and fat cats, torturers and striptease audiences, who take the Idea and use it for their own ends, or reject and try to destroy it. . . " from a review in The Independent

  
               THE IDEA 1932

   film by Berthold Bartosch (25 min 22 sec)
   with the participation of Frans Masereel

A movie in domain public by Berthold Bartosch. (Director, Producer, Animator, Cinematographer) Screenplay from the book The Idea and woodcuts by Frans Masereel. Mash up music Arthur Honegger (performed by Les Ondes Musicales de Maurice Martenot)
Description: "Men live and die for an Idea But the Idea is immortal It can be prosecuted It can be be judged It can be prohibited It can be sentenced to death but the idea still lives in the minds of men wherever there is side by side misery and struggle sometimes It arises here, sometimes It there, It continue its way through the centuries injustice trembles face to It to the oppressed It points the way towards a better future one in which it enters no longer feels isolated because above all is the idea. . ." - Internet Archive


  
  
   DIE STADT - THE CITY, 1925
   100 woodcuts, approximately 3 x 4 inches
      graphic witness
      • ineedartandcoffee
      • studio and garden
      • Past/Present/Future - The City

"This is the city and I am one of the citizens.
Whatever interest the rest interests me. . ."
                                            Walt Whitman


  
  
   GESICHTER UND FRATZEN, 1926
   aka FACES AND GRIMACES
   von 60 Orig. Holzschnitten von
   Frans Masereel


      enlarge
   DAS WERK - THE WORK, 1928
   60 woodcuts

   • The Body a Phallus, the Mouth a Urethra


  
   LANDSCHAFTEN UND STIMMUNGEN   1929
   aka LANDSCAPES AND VOICES
   60 woodcuts
   published by Karl Wolff Verlag, Munchen

   • graphic witness


  
  
   NOTRE TEMPS - OUR TIMES   1952
   12 Bois Graves de Frans Masereel
   12 Wood Graves Frans Masereel
   Belves (Dordogne), Pierre Vorms, 1952
   signed, limited edition of 250
   hardcover book with slipcase

      • Art to the People
        
         • Walter Crane
         • Th. A. Steinlen
         • Albert Hahn
         • Frans Masereel
         • Gerd Arntz
        

      • Liverenblog Frans Masereel


  
  
  
   MON PAY - MY COUNTRY   1956
   picture novel told in 100 woodcuts


  
  
  
   MEINE HEIMAT - MY HOME   1965
   a picture novel told in 100 woodcuts
   [1st ed] Zurich: Limmat Verlag, 1965
   100 leaves; 28x 20 cm. (dustjacket)

   • Vanessa Parker Rare Books
   • www.artron.net


  
   COUPLES   1965
   42 engraving on wood
   Worms, 1965, small 4 [2] f. (half-title, title)
   Limited to 155 ex. num.
   1/120 Arches, signed by the artist in pencil


  
   FRANZ MASEREEL
   by Roger Avermaetel
   first published by Mergatorfonds,
   Antwerp, 1976 (in German)
   New York, Rizzoli, 1st Am. Edition, 1977
   Orig Hardcover + dustjacket
   withand slipcase, 4to, 318 pp.
   318 pages with 518 illustrations, 8 in color
   out of print
   collection of Scattergood-Moore


   LINKS:
     GRAPHIC WITNESS
     • frans-masereel.de
     • Mataa & Arthur Jaffe Collection
     • Princeton Un: Graphiic Arts
     • Masereel's Leap in Time
     • ZVAB.com
     • Cambridge Book Review
     • The Crib Sheet: La ville - coda #1


OTTO NUCKEL   (German 1888-1955)

   A German painter, graphic designer, illustrator and
   cartoonist, best known as one of the 20th century’s
   pioneers of the wordless novel and lead engraving.

   Nuckel Destiny
   Otto Nuckel Destiny, woodcut 1930
   Otto Nuckel Destiny, woodcut 1930

   DESTINY: A STORY IN PICTURES   1930
   190 lead engravings. book size: 8" x 7 x 1-1/4"
   Published by Albert E. Marriott, ltd., London
   Copyright 1930 by Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

   • Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek


GIACOMO PATRI   (Italian/American 1898-1978)

   white color by Patri
   Giacome Putri, White Collar, 1940, woodcut
   Giacome Putri, White Collar, 1940, woodcut

   WHITE COLLAR: a Novel in Linocuts

Book Description: (self-published), San Francisco, (no Date, Ca. 1940). Housed in a modern custom plain board slipcase. One of ca. 50 copies, with linocuts (in brown or orange) printed by hand by Giacomo Patri. Signed vertically in ink by Patri along the gutter of one of the preliminary pages. Introduction by Rockwell Kent. A classic from the Great Depression much in the style of early Ward or Masereel. First published privately just prior to World War II, White Collar has remained a biting critique of the powers that be, and at the same time championing the working class. "White Collar was to be my contribution to, what I believed then, an indispensable understanding of the necessity of unity among all American workers and voters. I was not a writer, so illustrations in sequence were I thought the answer. I had a printing press and lots of linoleum to use for linoleum cuts, so I set to work the idea of doing the entire job myself. I was young, naive and in a hurry, but I soon discovered that a book, a story, an ideal, each is a slow process, even with some help from the family. It took several years to engrave, print, bind and distribute a boom that was seen by a very few people who did not need convincing." - Giacomo Patr June, 1975.

   • Eric Bemberess portfolio
      At Work
   • Photoset by Thomas Shahan


JAMES REID   (1907-1989)

   reid Life of Christ woodcuts
   reid Life of Christ woodcuts
   reid Life of Christ woodcuts
   THE LIFE OF CHRIST - IN WOODCUTS
   illustrated with 71 black and white woodcuts
   published by Farrar & Rinehart, Inc, NY, 1930
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

   • The Ascension, woodcut
   • Christ Falls the First Time, woodcut


LYND KENDALL WARD   (American 1905-1985)

   • O Brother Man: Life & Art of Lynd Ward
      • 217 Films: video excerpt - Gods; Man
      • 217 Films: video excerpt - Lynd Ward
   • Digital Image Catalog
   • Dande dessinée
   • flickr: Lynd Ward Illustrations
   • Tarquin Tar's Bookcase
   • Wold Libraries

   Lynd Ward God's Man
   title page of Lynd Ward God's Man
   Lynd Ward God's Man
   Lynd Ward God's Man 1929
   GOD'S MAN   by Lynd Ward
   139 wood engravings
   published by Cape & Smith, NY, 1929
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

Lynd Ward's first work, God's Man, uses a blend of Art Deco and Expressionist styles to tell the story of an artist's struggle with his craft, his seduction and subsequent abuse by money and power, and his escape to innocence. Ward, in employing the concept of the wordless pictorial narrative, acknowledged as his predecessors the European artists Frans Masereel and Otto Nuckel. Released the week of the 1929 stock market crash, the book was the first of six wood engraving Ward novels produced over the next eight years, including: Madman's Drum (1930); Wild Pilgrimage (1932); Prelude to a Million Years (1933); Song Without Words (1936); and Vertigo (1937).

   Lynd Ward God's Man 1929
               signed, limited edition

     God's Man: A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward.
     NY: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, Oct, 1929.
     SIGNED. 118 images. Octavo [25 cm] Black cloth with
     illustrated paper labels on the front board and backstrip.
     Top edge gilt, fore edge deckled. Illustrated endsheets.
     Housed in black slipcase. Price: approx. $1500.00

"Every young artist knows the painful part of being a young artist. . . .And anyone who has pondered the curious and often self-defeating combinations of human qualities, or wondered at the way seeds of talent have been scattered so blindly among mankind must eventually confront the curious and inexplicable circumstance that this obscure process has repeatedly produced highly gifted individuals whose talent burns early and with a fierce light, but who seem thereby fated to give up something in return. It is almost as if they had made a bargain without reading the fine print. . ." - Lynd Ward on God's Man


   Lynd Ward Madman's Drum 1930
   Lynd Ward Madman's Drum 1930

   MADMAN'S DRUM   by Lynd Ward
   Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, NY, 1930
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

   limited signed edition of Lynd Ward, Madman's Drum 1930
               signed, limited edition

     Madman's Drum: A Novel in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward.
     NY: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, Oct, 1930.
     SIGNED. 118 images. Octavo [25 cm] Black cloth with
     illustrated paper labels on the front board and backstrip.
     Top edge gilt, fore edge deckled. Illustrated endsheets.
     Housed in black slipcase. Price: approx. $1500.00

". . . Madman's Drum is set a hundred years or more ago and takes place in an obviously foreign country. But the things that happen to the central character, from boyhood through adolescence to the final crisis of his maturity, are not unique to a distant time and place. Given the modifications imposed by varying social systems, they can be encountered almost anywhere at any time. . ." - Lynd Ward on Madman's Drum.


   Lynd Ward Wild Pilgrimage 1932
   Lynd Ward Wild Pilgrimage 1932
  
  
                     black = reality
  
                  red/brown = imaginary

   WILD PILGRIMAGE
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

"In the American experience there is probably no more basic or recurrent impulse than to leave society. It is a madness- or a sanity - that can take hold of any citizen when the daily grind becomes suddenly more abrasive than anyone should be asked to endure; when the crush of too many people in too small a space is finally more than one can take; when the noise and smells of the city are at last too stifling to be borne. Then the urge to pick up and leave, to get away somehow, is irresistible. Surely, the impulse whispers in your ear, it is not inevitable that I should live and die in this hellhole; surely, there is more to the world and to life than this.

. . . one of the things I was anxious to explore in this story was the relation between the reality of the external world and the conceptual world that exists in the mind of each one of us. . . To establish this . . . I employed a technique that, as far as I know, has not been used elsewhere. This was to change the color in which the the alternating sequences are printed. Thus, the establishment of character and setting and the beginning of action appear in the customary black-and-white in which most woodblocks are printed. But at the first point in the story where the reader is to move inside the protagonist's head and see what images have formed there and thereby understand what desires and intentions those images reflect, the color of the printed block changes to an off-red. The change from black to color and back to black again is a pattern followed throughout the narrative."
” - Lynd Ward on Wild Pilgrimage

  
                           cover design

  
   Lynd Ward Prelude to a Million Years 1933

   PRELUDE TO A MILLION YEARS
   published by Equinox Cooperative Press, NY, 1933
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

"I have always thought of Prelude to a Million Years as a kind of footnote to God's Man, a sort of codicil that would acknowledge that changes had occurred and that these changes required an amendment to the earlier testament. It was a very limited statement, running to total of only thirty blocks. Because it was a minor work it was printed directly from the woodblocks on beautiful rag paper in a small edition. Prelude was the third publication of Equinox Cooperative Press, a group of young people, including myself, working in printing, publishing, and the book arts, who wanted to do non-commercial books, just for the love of doing it. Each copy of Prelude was bound by hand and made with loving care." - Lynd Ward on Prelude to a Million Years


   Lynd Ward Song Without Words
   Lynd Ward Song Without Words
   Lynd Ward Song Without Words
   Lynd Ward Song Without Words

   SONG WITHOUT WORDS
   signed limited edition with
   21 wood engravings printed from the blocks
   published by Random House, NY, 1936
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

   • WikiPaintings

"I have never thought of it as a story. The nearest I can come to identifying it is to say that if a sequence of images could be called a kind of prose poem." - Lynd Ward on Song without Words


   Lynd Ward Vertigo 1937
   Lynd Ward Vertigo 1937
   Lynd Ward Vertigo 1937

   VERTIGO
   published by Random House, NY, 1937
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

   • Rutgers University
     
     
Ward's 2"x2" blocks for Vertigo

Vertigo: A Novel in Woodcuts tells the story of a girl (The Girl) who grows up dreaming of becoming a concert violinist, a boy (The Boy) who dreams of becoming a builder, and a conscientious but morally weak industrialist An Elderly Gentleman) with a morbid fear of aging, and how their lives are affected by the Great Depression

". . . This book proved to be the longest of all, not only because of its more complicated story but because I was anxious to make as explicit a statement as possible. To accomplish that I broke down the action into many small steps, using several small blocks to bring the reader in close to a character so that facial expression would register more effectively the emotional response of that character to what was happening, thereby involving the reader's own emotions more completely. The book was published under the title of Vertigo, which was meant to suggest that the illogic of what was happening all around us in the thirties was enough to set the mind spinning through space and the emotions hurtling from great hope to the depths of despair." - Lynd Ward on Vertigo


   Lynd Ward wood engraving

   LYND WARD'S LAST (unfinished) WORDLESS NOVEL
   introduction by Michael McCurdy;
   description of the unfinished blocks by Michael Joseph.
   Ward left one wordless novel partially completed
   at the time of his death in 1985.
   26 of 44 planned wood engraving were completed
   and published in a limited edition in 2001
   by New Jersey Rare Book Symposium.

Printed in an edition of 100 numbered copies by Barbara Henry of the Harsimus Press of Jersey City, New Jersey. Introduction by Michael McCurdy and a description of the unfinished blocks by Michael Joseph. Illustrations printed from the original blocks. Prospectus loosely inserted.


  

   STORYTELLER WITHOUT WORDS   by Lynd Ward
   published by Harry N. Abrams, NY, 1974
   a book that included Ward's six novels plus
   an assortment of his illustrations from other books.
   Ward wrote brief prologues to each of his works.
   In 2010, the Library of America published
   Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts
   with an introduction by Art Spiegelman
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore


   Lynd Ward wood engraving

   Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts
   published by Library of America,
   Nos. 210 & 211 (hardcover)
   Art Spiegelman, editor
   © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore


While discussing Otto Nuckel's Destiny, David Berona pulls out a quote from H. Lehmann-Haupt's review of same that is worth a moment: "the pleasure is more subtle [than cinema], for we are alone in this theater and audience and operator are one person. We can make the story run quickly, we can even skip but we can also stop altogether. Then suddenly it is not so much a piece out of a story that counts, but an individual picture with its own particular qualities. This is where the superiority of the picture novel comes in."


WOODCUT NOVEL LINKS:

   • Art of the Woodcut Novel (David A. Berona)
   • Wordless Novels and At a Crossroads
   • Novelas sin palabras
   • Speachless
      • Dominika Lipniewska



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THE ART OF THE WOODCUT NOVEL



The Art of the Woodcut Novel   an exhibition, highlighted in Art New England (Sept/Oct 2011), curated by David A. Berona, Dean of Library and Academic Support Services at Plymouth State University (New Hampshire, USA) and author of "Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels" . . . on display will be original woodcuts from:
the first woodcut novel by Frans Masereel (Belguim, 1889-1972)
the forgotten works of
Roger Buck (1901-1970)
and prints from their own woodcut novels by five contemporary artists including:
Marta Chudolinska   |   (blog)
prints from Back and Forth
Stefan Berg   (image
Megan Speers
George Walker
Neil Bousfield   (image)

Woodcut novels are imaginative and realistic stories told in black and white pictures that focus on humanistic ideas, which were originally published in the early twentieth century. Despite their short-lived popularity, the woodcut novel had an important impact on the development of the contemporary graphic novel. In the last few years a score of artists have found the woodcut novel a perfect medium to express their ideas from a personal, imaginative, and social standpoint.
- Lamson Library

   • Graphic Novel at Edwards Fallery
   • Curated Exhibits   |   Book Display 1
   • Porcupine's Quil



STEFAN BERG   (Canada, b. 1985)

  
   nd, LET THAT BAD AIR OUT:
   Buddy Bolden's Last Parade,

      70 linocuts by Stefan Berg
      Published by the Porcupine's Quill

"Let That Bad Air Out" provides a portrait of the mysterious and legendary jazz musician Buddy Bolden.

"Very little is known of Buddy Bolden, his music was never recorded and there is only one existing photograph, yet he is considered to be the first bandleader to play the improvised music that has since become known as jazz," said Stefan Berg. He portrays the culture of New Orleans parade music through the narrative of Buddy Bolden's final parade. The novel consists of 70 images cut from linoleum

"Let That Bad Air Out," is the first in a series of wordless novels to be published by The Porcupine's Quill. Feature books include David Helwig's "Smuggling Donkeys" and George Walker's "Images From The Neocerebellum."

         Buddy Bolden's Last Parade
         Sketchbook


NEIL BOUSFIELD   (United Kingdon, b.)

Neil Bousfield: My practice as an artist is expressed within the medium of relief printing and now almost exclusively within the technique of engraving. My work falls into two main areas: the creation of single images. . . and handmade books which are long term projects taking months or even years to produce. . . My work is driven by a concern with social narrative and has led me to work within the genre of "silent pictorial narrative" as defined by Lynd Ward and pioneered by Frans Masereel. . .

  
                  ENLARGE    1st edition

  
               ENLARGE       2nd edition

  

   WALKING SHADOWS
    A Novel Without Words
(2010)
     Author: Neil Bousfield
     Publisher: Manic D Press
     Page Count: 224pp
     Publication Size: 6.5 x 9.5
     Publication Notes: hardcover, b/w
     Publication Date: September 1, 2010
     ISBN: 978-1933149295

"Walking Shadows" (aka "The Cycle") is an impressive volume of work. Following in the footsteps of Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward, Bousfield has created a novel in which each of its pages are an original relief print—over 200 different page sized images. This "novel without words" is the story of a working class British family and the cycles of anger, depression, and violence produced by lifetimes of meaningless labor and lack of opportunity for self-fulfillment.

Interesting things are at play here, with Bousfield's attempt to bring the novel without words into the 21st century. There is something jarring, yet interesting, about the representation of cctv and video game consoles in wood block. Conveying contemporary issues in 100 year old aesthetics feels a bit strange, but I suppose the same could be said about most of us here at Justseeds making political graphics for today's struggles in anachronistic hand-printing techniques.

At a certain point the story of the working class bothers becomes difficult for me to parse, and I have a hard time distinguishing between the characters, illustrating the difficulties of telling a detailed narrative in pictures alone. Never mind rough block prints, which limit the amount of detail the artist can convey. I find this a bit distracting from the book, but it is minor in relationship to Bousfield's achievement.

Much of Bousfield's imagery has an awkward charm, and stylistically owes as much to more contemporary sources such as RAW and World War 3 Illustrated as it does to the original masters of the wordless novels, Masereel and Ward. Unlike a more devoted follower to this source material such as Erik Drooker, Bousfield's effort is visible in his work, and not not nearly as clean or perfected. This makes it feel more original, and interesting.


      • Pack it & Wrap it
      • untitled   (boys at bar)

   Neil Bousfield, Alfred Brown
                             ENLARGE

  
                             ENLARGE

   ALFRED BROWN: A Life in Pictures
    (work-in-progress)

   Dead but not Buried (engraving)

Neil Bousfield's works are from an ongoing project, "Alfred Brown: A Life in Pictures," a wordless graphic novel based on similar works from the 1920s and '30s. When finished, it will be much larger than they were, at more than 400 pages with 750 images (that is, more than one to a block). Bousfield makes subtle allusions to his predecessors, whose style he seems deliberately to recall. In one print, we see the words "God's Man" on the side of a building; in another, the name "Nuckel" and "Masereel." The former refers to Lynd Ward's 1929 book of that title about an artist's life, and the latter to "Destiny" by Otto Nückel from the following year. - Making a great Impression

   • CLICK CLICK: A SMALL BOOK OF CAMERAS (2013)
      work in progress


   • LINKS:
      • Introduction to Neil Bousfield
      • Inky Fingers Press relief prints by Neil Bousfield
         Books & Prints in Public Collections
         • Downsized (1st edition)
         • The Cycle (1st edition)
         • Walking Shadows (2nd edition of The Cycle
         Printmaking
         Book Works
         Galleries
      • Inky Fingers Press (blog)
      • Justseeds Artists' Cooperative
      • Kmozzart: Neil Bousfield
      • Washington Printmakers Gallery
      • Bewick's Legacy: Six Contemporary British
         Wood Engravers

      • The Society of Wood Engravers
         Galleries 23   (Runners)
         Gallery 37   (Running Dogs)

      • The Cycle by Neil Bousfield


MARTA CHUDOLINSKA   (Canada, b.)

  
          "Back and Forth"   Self Portrait
  
          "Back and Forth"   Room

   nd, Back + Forth

Marta Chudolinska's "Back + Forth," a woman's coming-of-age story done in linocuts, was a Foreword Magazine 2010 Book of the Year nominee


MEGAN SPEERS   (Canada, b.)

  
   nd, WANDERLUST
   published by The Porcupine's Quill

"A story in wood engravings set in the depths of Ontario's rebellious youth counterculture."

"A willful young woman revels in the surprisingly-inclusive communal aspects of life in the punk / anarchist counterculture as it was practiced in the hardscrabble underbelly of Sault Ste Marie on the cusp of the 21st century."


         Wander 1   Wander 2   Wander 3
         meganspeers.com
         There's no place like home


GEORGE A. WALKER   (Canada, b. 1960)

  
         Self Portrait woodcut

Walker is an award-winning wood engraver, book artist and author who has been creating artwork and books at his private press since 1984. He teaches courses in printmaking and book arts at OCAD University. He has designed and illustrated two hand-printed limited editions written by Neil Gaiman. He is Acquisitions Editor for the Wordless Graphic Novel series published by The Porcupine’s Quill. "The Book of Hours," his first wordless graphic novel, was published by PQL in 2010.

  
         Bood of Hours, cover design
  
         New York Subway, woodcut
  
         Twin Towers, woodcut

   2010, BOOK OF HOURS

Walker's prize-winning "Book of Hours" depicts the evening and morning before 9/11, recalling a time, he says, "before the phrase '9/11' had any meaning, even though that time is now irretrievable."

As a Canadian who only peripherally experienced the repercussive fear elicited by al Qaeda's actions, I have found myself waking up each morning for the last week ruminating on what I was doing through the hours before those two planes tore a hole in the New York skyline. The fact that Toronto's annual air show recently had jet planes careening vociferously through the air only makes the modus operandi of Osama bin Laden more immediate.

My thoughts were most likely magnified by George Walker's Book of Hours, a wordless narrative brought to life by 99 intricate wood engravings created to honor those who perished in 9/11.


         The Huffington Post
         The Woodcut Aritst's Handbook
         George Walker: Book Artist
         Wikipedia



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THE GRAPHIC NOVEL  •  THE WORDLESS NOVEL

        Books where the narrative is carried without text
        on single consecutive pages.

CHRIS MULLEN'S "THE VISUAL TELLING OF STORIES"

  
THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
   • Max Ernst: La Femme, 100 Tetes
   • Mitt Gross
   • Frans Masereel
   • Otto Nuckel: Destiny, 1930
   • Emmanuel Poire (Russian, 1859-1909)  Caran d'ache
   • Lynd Ward
   • Arthur Wragg
   • Woodcuts & Wood Engravings


WILLIAM GROPPER   (USA)

  
  

   ALAY-OPP
   New York: Coward-McCann, 1930

   "Life and love among the acrobats told entirely in pictures."

   • People Art My Landscape


MILT GROSS   (USA 1895-1953)

Gross was a popular American cartoonist. In 1930 he published a graphic novel without words. For its plot and its huge doses of humor, he was influenced by the silent films of Keaton and Chaplin. The story is simple: an honest and robust trapper is cunningly deceived by a miserable villain, who manages to trick his girl. From here, it unleashes the unbridled pursuit, full of hilarious gags, and told with a remarkable compositional freedom. Sergio Garcia says in his magnificent study the graphic novel: He Done Her Wrong On took the typical elements of any Hollywood melodrama and The Odyssey that became a modern world that functioned as a distorting mirror of Lynd Ward's pathetic noble visions - explicitly parodying God's Man at times.

  
  

   HE DONE HER WRONG ON, 1930

First published in 1930, the famously wordless "He Done Her Wrong" is Milt Gross' graphic masterpiece, the result of his prior collaboration with Charlie Chaplin on the 1928 silent-era film classic "The Circus." Sharing the same goofy, over-the-top comic mayhem that was Chaplin's trademark, all of "He Done Her Wrong"'s hilarious slapstick, tragic heartbreak, heroism and villainy, character development, high emotions and raucous thrills somehow manages to take place, astonishingly, without a single word of text, or conversation, or even a footnote. The story follows the convoluted misadventures of a naïve frontiersman with superhuman strength exploited by a larcenous robber baron who eventually double crosses our hero and steals his girl. "He Done Her Wrong" is a classic comics work. . . and arguably the 20th century's first graphic novel. Lambiek

   • "El fue malo con ella" de Milt Gross


ERIC OHSER aka E.O. PLAUEN ; (Germany, 1909-1944)

  
                  Self Portrait

  
   "Serving the people" in "New Review," 1931 © Südverlag

      • Pisser, 1931

  
E. O. Plauen was the pseudonym of Erich Ohser, a German cartoonist best known for his strip Vater und Sohn ("Father and Son")

After Erich Ohser finished his studies in Leipzig in 1928, he started working as an illustrator at the Sächsische Sozialdemokratische Presse. In his early work for the democratic magazine Vorwärts, he often made satirical drawings of political figures like Hitler and Goebbels. Because of his criticism against the ruling party, he was eventually banned from working by having his professional license suspended. - Lambiek Comiclopedia

On 28 March 1944 the Gestapo in Berlin-Kaulsdorf appeared and without a summons took Erich Ohser and his friend Erich Knauf for police questioning. The next day the propaganda minister gave the results of his interrogations report. Goebbels wanted an expedited handling of the case and ordered a hearing before the dreaded "People's Court." The first hearing was scheduled on April 5th, but then postponed by one day. In the early morning hours of April 6th Erich Ohser in an unguarded moment, hanged himself in his cell. . . Eckart Sackmann

Erich Knauf was executed by the Nazi on May 2nd, 1944 a month after Erich Ohser's suicide.

   • Erich Ohser-eoplauen Foundation
   • Lambiek Comiclopedia: artist index
      • Comic creator: E. O. Plauen
   • Wohin rolls du, Goebbelchen?
   • Schwerhorigkeit
   • LiFO - Lightbox
   • Far, son of Hitler
   • Das geniale Werk eines Zerrissenen
   • DIE Kunstlerliste mit Abbildungen


ISTVAN SZEGED SZUTS   (Hungry/UK 1892-1959)

Istvan Szuts served in the First World War and the reader assumes the drawings and the titles reflect his thoughts and experiences. The pen and ink drawings are breathtakingly simple with an economy of line reminiscent of Eric Gill and Keith Vaughan.

  
  
   MY WAR, 1929

"a heartbreaking story about the cruelty of war."

Istvan Szegedi Szuts who was born in Budapest in 1892 and immigrated to England in 1929 where he published his only wordless book - "My War" - composed of pen-and-ink drawings. He is able to express very intense feelings just by applying few lines. The story about a Huszar (Hungarian cavalryman) whose name is Iskos . . . "R.H. Mottram states that Szuts is one of the chroniclers of a fundamental change in human nature."

      • My War
      • Szuts
      • wordless books
      • prntmakiing2eva



MYRON WALDMAN   (USA, 1908-2006)

  

   EVA, 1943

In 1943, Waldman created Eve, his only wordless book. David Berona describes "Eve" as the story of a frumpy young woman who works as a secretary and spends her evenings fantasizing about marrying a handsome movie star.She passes a travel agency and takes a vacation to Miami, where she falls in love with a plain-looking young man who shares all her interest. She writes postcards to her friends and family about falling in love, but when she returns home, she discovers that the man she has fallen in love with in Miami is the mailman in her office. She feels brokenhearted, and her dream of marriage seems to dissolve until the mailman rushes to her side and announces his undying love for her. (p. 170)

   • Cartoon Brew
      • on the beach



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WOODCUT ILLUSTRATIONS & BOOKS

The Alphabet of Illustrators an index of Names


   American Block Print Calendar 1937
AMERICAN BLOCK PRINT CALENDAR 1937

Features a print for every week of the year by 53 American artists. Illustrated with 33 woodcuts, 8 line photomechanical prints, 8 lithographs, 5 linecuts, and 1 linecut with linocut, measuring 18.8 x 12.8 cm. or smaller. 18 prints signed in plate. Each print titled with format identified. Contributing artists in order that their work appears are: Wanda Gag, George Barford, Marguerite Zorach, Biagio Pinto, Gregory Orloff, Wharton Esherick, Mary Louise Lawser, Todros Geller, Peggy Bacon, William Zorach, Stuart Davis, Willi Anders, Thomas Hart Benton, William Gropper, Carl Holty, Herbert Pullinger, Walter Dubois Richards, Grant Wood, Robert Von Neumann, Gustave Baumann, Howard N. Cook, Bernece Berkman, Edwin Tunis, Florence V. Cannon, John Steuart Curry, Alfred Bendiner, Alexander Masley, Evelynne Mess, Julian Wehr, Howard Thomas, Angelo Raphael Pinto, Emil Ganso, Gerhard Bakker, Clare Eichbaum Brehme, John F. Stenvall, Grace Arnold-Albee, Ernest Fiene, Jean Charlot, Birger Sandzen, Lowell M. Lee, Karl Knaths, Boris Artzybasheff, Julius J. Lankes, Thomas W. Nason, Rockwell Kent, Kevin B. O'Callahan, Fritzi Brod, Mabel Dwight, Nicolai Cikovsky, Helmut Summ, Fiske Boyd, Elmer Young, and Frank Hartley Anderson.


ERNST BARLACH   (German, 1870-1938)

  
   • WALPURGISNACHT (Halloween)
      Barlach's adaption of Goethe's Walpurgisnacht
      scene in Faust, Part I
      Published by Paul Cassirer, Berlin, 1923
      in addition to the titlepage, the portfolio
      contained 7 full page woodcuts and
      12 text woodcuts.

      DER KOPF (The Head) 1919

"Der Kopf was the second of three illustrated books Barlach published with Paul Cassirer’s Pan-Presse in Berlin. It achieved a rare unity of text, type, and image. The production process and attention to detail in every aspect of the book recalled the harmony of fifteenth-century printing. The text, set in Rudolf Koch’s evocative blackletter type, perfectly complemented Barlach’s rough images of an impoverished land." - MoMA: Interactive Book Browser

      MoMA: INTERACTIVE BOOK BROWSER (27 BOOKS):
      02. Der Mensch ist kein Haustier
           (Man is not a Domestic Animal) 1937 by Max Beckmann

      03. Ebbi 1924 by Max Beckmann (6 drypoints)
      04. Die Furstin 1918 by Max Beckmann (6 drypoints)
      05. Stadtnacht 1921 by Max Beckmann
      06. Gesammelte Schriften 1920 Lovis Corinth Selected
            Writings

      07. Das Buch Judith 1910 illustrations by Lovis Corinth
      08. Die Nibelungen 1920 illustrations by Carl Otto Czeschka
      09. Uber dea Geistige in der Kunt by Vasily Kandinsky
           (Concerning the Spiritual in Art: Especially in Painting) 1911

      10. Klange 1913, 38 prose-poems and
            56 wooducts by Vasily Kandinsky

      11. Das Stiftsfraulein und der Tod 1913
            woodcut illustrations by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

      12. Neben der Heerstrasse 1923
            22 woodcut illustrations by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

      13. Umbra vitae 1924
            46 woodcut illustrations by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

      14. Ekstatische Visionen 919 10 illustrations by Paul Klee
      15. Die Chinesische Mauer 1914
            8 lithograph illustrations by Oskar Kokoschka

      16. Morder, HJoffnung der Frauen 1916
            illustrations by Oskar Kokoschka

      18. Die traumenden knaben 1917
            illustrations by Oskar Kokoschka

      22. Yali und sein weisses Weib 1923
            illustrations by Max Pechstein

      25. Das graphische Jaharbuch 1920
            The print yearbook, published by Karl Lang Verlag

      27. KG Brucke 1910
            catalogue for the Brucke's Sept. 1910 exhibition



LEONARD BASKIN   (American, 1922-2000)

  
  • A VERY HAPPY 1962 (pomegranate)
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  • THE ENCANTADAS by Herman Melville, 1963
     drawings by Rico Lebrun (1900-1964)
     woodblocks cut by Leonard Baskin
     printed at Gehenna Press
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
     Underside of Tortoise woodcut, 1963
     from: The Encantadas, by Herman Melville

     Leonard Baskin, in collaboration with Rico Lebrun
     16 15/16" x 14 7/8" - printed at Gehenna Press
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

A proof from a collaboration between Rico Lebrun, who did the drawings, and Leonard Baskin, who did the cuttings. From a series of 7 woodcuts to illustrate Herman Melville's "The Encantadas" where he wrote, concerning the Two Sides to a Tortoise: 'Moreover, everyone knows that tortoises as well as turtle are of such a make that if you but put them on their backs you thereby expose their bright sides without the possibility of their recovering themselves, and turning into view the other. But after you have done this, and because you have done this, you should not swear that the tortoise has no dark side. Enjoy the bright, keep it turned up perpetually if you can, but be honest, and don't deny the black. Neither should he who cannot turn the tortoise from its natural position so as to hide the darker and expose his livelier aspect, like a great October pumpkin in the sun, for that cause declare the creature to be one total inky blot'." The Annex Galleries

  
                  Crow Standing on Pomegranate
             wood engraving by Leonard Baskin, ND
             © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

THE GEHENNA PRESS

In 1942 Leonard Baskin founded the Gehenna Press while at Yale University where he printed his first book titled On a Pyre of Withered Roses - a collection of his poems. His second book, A Little Book of Natural History, was published in 1951. Around 1959 Baskin relinquished his role as the sole printer. Starting with the book Thirteen Poems by Wilfred Owen he partnered with Richard Warren of The Metcalf Printing and Publishing Company, and for his book Horned Beetles and Other Insects, he began using Harold McGrath as the Gehenna Press pressman. This led to a new level of superb workmanship in the Gehenna Press books, complemented by an increasingly sophisticated and elegant choice of typeface and inventive prints.

   • R. Michelson Gallery
   • Oak Knoll Press and Books
   • The Massachusetts Review
   • Icones Librorum Artifices


  
THOMAS BEWICK   (English, 1753-1828)


WILLIAM BLAKE   (English, 1757-1827)

  
   • THE PASTROALS OF VIRGIL 1820-21
      wood engravings by William Blake for
      published by Dr. R.J. Thornton, 1821



WIM (WILLEM) BOSMA   (Dutch)

  
   AMSTERDAM, 1933


   • Willem Bosma


JAN COCKX   (Belgian, 1891-1976)

   Jan Cockx
  • 9 HOUTSNEDEN by Jan Cockx 1921
     Antwerp: s.n., 1921; edition of 100 woodcuts
     a portfolio of 9 woodcuts in Dutch
     • cover design: colored woodcut
     • untitled, woodcut (nude and sun)
     • untitled, woodcut (abstraction)
     • untitled, woodcut (city street)

At the age of twenty-nine, Belgian artist and poet Jan Cockx began publishing in Ca ira. "In 1921, he found the financial backing to publish a small portfolio of nine woodcuts with a striking color linocut on the wrapper . . . " Graphic Arts Princeton University Library

     • Ca Ira: Blog de la Foundation Ca ira!
     •
Wikipedia: Jan Cockx
     • video Boechout: Receptie met Jan Cockx


JIM DINE   (Amercian)

   Jim Dine

   THE APOCALYPSE by Jim Dine
     The Revelation of Saint John the Divine
     from the King James version of the Bible
     with 29 woodblock prints by Jim Dine
     Published by The Arion Press, 1982


FRITZ EICHENBERG   (German/American 1901-1990)

   • The Old Print Shop, NYC

  
  • WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
   Fritz Eichenberg
  • TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
     Wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg
     Published by Random House, NY, 1944
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  
  • CRIME & PUNISHMENT by Fyodor Dostoevsky
     Wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg
     The Heritage Reprints, NY

  • IN PRAISE OF FOLLY by Erasmus
     10 original wood engravings
     Aquarius Press, NY/Baltimore, 1972

   Fritz Eichenberg The Art of the Print
  • THE ART OF THE PRINT by Fritz Eichenberg
     Harry N. Abrams, 1976
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore





EQUINOX COOPERATIVE PRESS:

 

The Equinox Cooperative Press, which published 12 books and 4 soft-covered Equinox Quarters from 1932-1937, was the idea of Lynd Ward and Henry Hart. In her autobiographical memoir addressed to Fay Gold on October 18, 1955, Heller West Heller complained about many things - including about publishing her book of woodblock verse (Migratory Urge), a process she claimed Lynd Ward later took credit for. Regardless of Heller's bitter feelings, she and Ward shared many common interests in terms of printmaking and social concerns - Lynd Ward would be the main speaker at her memorial service on April 13, 1956.

   • Bibliopolis
   • Open Library lists


 

  
  • A RELEVANT MENOIR
     The Story of Equinox Cooperative Press
     by Henry Hart; forward by Lynd Ward
     © collection of Scattergood-Moore
     inscribed: "To Gene A. Scattergood-Moore,
     whose view of the the world is much like mine.
     1 June, 1985, Henry Hart"

  
  
  
  1. NOW THAT THE GODS ARE DEAD
     by Llewelyn Powers, illus. Lynd Ward
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  2. THIS EARTH A Poem by William Faulkner
     drawings by Albert Heckman
     NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. (1932)
     #1 of Equinox Quarters
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  3. A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS by Clement C. Moore
     NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. nd (1932)
     b/w illustrations, 8vo. (8 p.)
     Cream wrappers; sewn with rose thread; printed
     in red [front wrapper]: illustrating the arrival of
     St. Nicolas in his sleigh pulled by eight reindeer.
     #2 of Equinox Quarters; limited to 1,000 copies
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  
  
  4. A CHRISTMAS POEM , by Thomas Mann, 1932
     Wood engraving illustrations by Lynd Ward
     #3 of Equinox Press Quarters
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  5. PRELUDE by Conrad Akins
     illustrated by John P. Heins
     NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. 1932
     Light blue laid wrappers:
     sewn with blue thread; printed in dark blue
     #4 of Equinox Quarters
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  6. WE NEED ONE ANOTHER by D. H. Lawrence
     Introductory note by Henry Hart
     Illustrated with drawings by John P. Heins
     NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. 1932
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

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  7. PRELUDE TO A MILLION YEARS, 1933
    by Lynd Ward (30 wood-engravings)
    Printed on one side of folded leaf. "This book
    has been designed by Lewis F. White, printed
    from woodblocks on Canson et Montgolfier's
    Vidalon velin and bound by hand. The edition
    consists of 920 copies signed by the author."
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

    Digital Image Catalog
    • Wolfsonian-FLU

  
  
  8. THREE BLUE SUITS by Aline Bernstein
     Stories by Aline Bernstein
     Frontispiece by John P. Heins
     NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. 1933
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  
  9. NOCTURNES, by Thomas Mann
     lithograph illustrations by Lynd Ward
     NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. 1934
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  10. COMRADE MISTER by Isidor Schneider
        2 pen drawings by Gyula Zilzer
        © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  
  11. ONE OF US: The Story of John Reed
        by Granville Hicks, lithographs by Lynd Ward
        NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. 1935
        © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  
  12. IMPERIAL HEARST by Ferdinand Lundberg
        NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. 1936
        © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

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      page 63, Reforestation
      woodcut by Helen West Heller
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      page 99, Company Town
      wood engraving by Lynd Ward

  13. AMERICA TODAY A Book of 100 Prints
        New York: Equinox Cooperative Press, 1936
        © collection 2013 of Scattergood-Moore

   • Digital Image Catalog (search the collection)

Original cream color cloth over boards with black stamped lettering on spine and front panel. Quarto. 14pp. Plus one hundred full page black & white plates by J.J. Lankes, Doris Lee, Louis G. Ferstadt, George Jo Mess, Riva Helfond, Fiske Boyd, Karl Metzler, John Lonergan, Charles Surendorf, Mary Spellman, Salvatore Pinto, Bob White, George Picken, I.J. Sanger, H. Glintenkamp, Abbo Ostrowsky, Joseph Solan, Will Barnet, Wanda Gag, Hobson Pittman, Benton Spruance, Ralph M. rosenborg, Kenneth M. Adams, Victor De Wilde, Barbara Latha, CharlesPollock, Andree Ruellan, Ione Robinson, Robert V. Newman, Max Weber, Lucile Blanch, Doris Spiegal, Larry C. Rodda, Mabel Dwight, Beatrice Cuming, Irwin D. Hoffman, Philip Evergood, Saul, Bennet Buck, Paul Cadmus, Don Glasell, M. LoisMurphy, Anne Steele Marsh, Angelo Pinto, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Fritz Eichenberg, Raphael Soyer, Miguel Covarrubias, Howard Cook, Kalman Kubinyi, Barbara Burrage, Victor Candell, Winifred Milius, Harry Gottlieb, Maurice Muerlin, Honore Guilbeau, Chet La More, Eugene Morley, George Biddle, abramovitz, Mervin Jules, Fred Nagler, Helen West Heller, Olle Nordmark, LeRoy Flint, Lucienne Block, Harry Hering, Arnold Blanch, Harry Sternberg, Elizabeth olds, Mararet Lowengrund, Shelby Shackelford, Edward Landon, Louis Scharnker, Irving Marantz, Alew Rl Stavenitz, Anton Refregier, Lewis C. Daniel, Hugh C. Miller, Russel Limbach, Jack Markow, Hugo Gellert, Aline Fruhauf, Lamar Baker, Ernest Fiene, Jolan Gross Bettelheim, Bernard Sanders, Werner Drewes, Jose M. Pavon, Ida Abelman, J. B. turnbull, Emory Ladanyi, don Freeman, Fletcher Marin, Dorothy Rutka, William Gropper, Morris Topchevsky, Louis Lozowick, Lynd Ward, Rockwell Kent. Each of the prints was chosen for the exhibition by American Artists' Congress

  
  14. FREUD AND MARX by Reuben Osborn
        NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. 1937
        © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  15 . FALSE SECURITY: Betrayal of the American Investor
        by Bernard J Reis
        introduction by John T. Flynn
        NY: Equinox Cooperative Press. 1937

  

   • Hathi Trust Digital Library
   • The Online Books Page

  
  16 . THE WRITER IN A CHANGING WORLD 1937
        edited by Henry Hart

        papers delivered at 2nd American Writers' Congress,
        introductory chapter by Joseph Freeman and
        an appended narrative account of the Congress
        © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore



    END of EQUINOX COOPERATIVE PRESS PUBLICATIONS



ANTONIO FRASCONI   (1919-2013)

   • Nine Kinds of Pie
   • William Carl: Antonio Frasconi
   • Woodcut Master
      Self Portrait, 1947, woodcut


WERNER GOTHEIN   (German, 1890-1968)

Shortly after visiting to a show of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's art works in Berlin in 1912 Werner Gothein became a student at Kirchner and Pechstein's art school MUIM, and worked with Kirchner on the Island of Fermam. His weak health spared him military service during the War. After the War he developed a more pronounced personal style less dependent on Kirchner; he withdrew to a secluded village in the Black Forest with his wife Joan Young Aberle and devoted himself to print making under the influence of Frans Masereel . . . Alphabet of Illustrators:

      • Alphabet of Illustrators: Werner Gothein:
         • 1951 Der See (The Sea)
         • 1953 Hiob (Job)
         • 1956 Abraham

  
  
  • 1949 DIE SEILTANZEERIN UND IHE CLOWN
      (The Tightrope Walker and her Clown)


  
  
  • 1948 DIE 12 TIEKREISZEICHEN
              (The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac)


  • 1954 FABELN DES AESOP

      • Weimar: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
      • Frauenkopf, woodcut, 1919
      • photograph: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Werner Gothein,
         Hugo Biallowons and Erna Schilling in Kirchners
         Atelier, 1915



HELEN WEST HELLER (American, 1872-1955)

  
 • MIRATORY URGE wood-cut poems, 1928

     published by Franklin J. Meine, Chicago, 1928
     in two editions: a portfolio of 30 prints and
     edition of 109 signed and numbered copies
     printed from 57 wood blocks
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
 • WOODCUTS U.S.A., 1947

     Book of 20 woodcuts, with quotes by American writers
     laudatory introduction by John Taylor Arms
     published in limited signed edition of
     750 copies by Oxford University Press, NY.
     Softcover edition printed by The Merrymount Press,
     with 16 woodcuts and printed wrappers of textural effect.
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  • Timeline of Heller's Art

HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER   (1497-1543)

  
  • DANCE OF DEATH   (1526)

Holbein’s designs were originally cut and printed in 1526 for a dance of death alphabet and then, included in an Old Testament. In 1538, forty-one of the blocks were published under the title 'Les simulachres & histories faces de la mort avtant elegamtment pourtraictes,' with a bible quote at the top and a poem by Gilles Corozet below. The book was banned but new editions continued to appear every few years. An expanded 1547 edition includes fifty-seven woodcuts. The artist of the new plates remains unidentified. They are interspersed with Holbein’s designs, with no explanation as to why another artist’s work was included. . . (Graphic Arts, Princeton University Library)


PETER HOWSON   (Scottish, b. 1958)

  
                           image #2
  
                           image #9

   • HERO OF THE PEOPLE   (16 linocuts)
      portfolio, published by The Paragon Press, 1987



ROCKWELL KENT   (American, 1882-1971)

  
"A dedicated advocate for social justice and champion of the workingman, Kent joined numerous liberal organizations and used his art on behalf of progressive causes. His pro-labor stance and the numerous strikes in which he was involved are reflected in "Workers of the World, Unite!,” a 1937 wood engraving. The idealized worker, his factory in the background, swings his shovel mightily at what appear to be pointed bayonets, presumably symbolizing management." - Philadelphia Museum of Art

  
  • BOOKPLATES AND MARKS of Rockwell Kent

     printed by Pynson Printers for Random House, NY, 1929

     • AIGA Design Archives
     • Rockwell Kent Bookplates Home Page
        Plattsburgh State Art Museum

        • Bookplates in Exhibition May-Dec 2003
        • About Rockwell Kent Bookplates
        • Links by Don Roberts

  
  
  
 • LATER BOOKPLATES AND MARKS of Rockwell Kent
     published by Pynson Printeres, NY, 1937
     limited edition, signed and numbered
     © collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  
  
 • LEAVES OF GRASS of Rockwell Kent
     published by The Heritage Press, NY
     © collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  

 • MOBY DICK by Herman Melville
     illustrated and designed by Rockwell Kent

     published by Random House, NY, 1930
     1st trade edition
     © collection of Scattergood-Moore

     • The Moby-Dick Collection
     • Purrington-Russell Panorama, New Bedford

  
Ishmael gets in bed and dozes off, but awakes when the harpooneer enters. He doesn't speak, however, but watches as the man gets ready for bed . . . Ishmael decides "For all his tattooings he was on the whole a clean, comely looking cannibal." The next morning, Ishmael "found Queequeg's arm thrown over me in the most loving and affectionate manner. You had almost thought I had been his wife." - from Moby Dick

  
 • MOBY DICK by Heman Melville
     limited, signed edition in 3 volumes
     published by The Lakeside Press, 1930

   Rockwell Kent How I Make A Woodcut 1934
   Rockwell Kent How I Make A Woodcut 1934
  • HOW I MAKE A WOODCUT by Rockwell Kent, 1934

     Pasadena: Esto Publishing Company, 1934.
     First edition, 1 of 1000 copies. Small 8vo.
      © collection of Scattergood-Moore

   The Prints of Rockwell Kent, A Catalogue Raisonne by Dan Burne Jones
  • THE PRINTS OF ROCKWELL KENT
     A Catalogue Raisonne by Dan Burne Jones
      © collection of Scattergood-Moore

     • Printing Casanova
     • May Day? Labour Day? Loyalty Day?
     • Rockwell Kent & Jamie Wyeth


J. J. LANKES   (American, 1884-1960)

  
             Spring Twilight by J.J. Lankes
  
   J J Lankes Woodcut Manual
   • WOODCUT MANUAL by J.J. Lankes



 • CLARE LEIGHTON   (English/American)

   Clare Leighton
   Clare Leighton Heathcliff
 • WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte
     published by Random House
     © collection of Scattergood-Moore

     Bronte Blog
     • 10 woodcut from "Wuthering Heights
     • Abebooks.com

  
  • WOOD-ENGRAVING AND WOODCUTS
     by Clare Leighton
     published by, London, 1932
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

     • Block Print Buzz


   George Lockwood Portrait of Redon colored woodcut
GEORGE LOCKWOOD   (1929-1969)

   • Homage to Redon, color wood-engraving


   Paul, Marcus, Topo Sombrero from Yearning To Breath Free 1999

PAUL MARCUS

   • Yearning to Breathe Free, 1999
      A portfolio of 12 woodcuts in edition of 25


FRANS MASEREEL   (Belgium, 1889-1972)

  

"I have always found that, of the various graphic techniques, the woodcut is the most simple, honest and direct technique (...) It is simple because there are only a few tools to be useful - gouge, burin or knife - and a block of wood along or crosscut. Woodcuts are honest because you can not update, decorate, stash, for magic. Finally, because they direct the viewer at first glance only captivates with the interplay of black and white." Frans Masereel

  
  
                 frontispice, woodcut

  • LES POETES CONTRE LA GURRRE 1920
     (Poets Against the War)
     Anthologie De La Poesie Francaise 1914-1919
     Avec une introduit par Romain Rolland et Un Bois
     Frontispice par Frans Masereel

  
  
  
  • TRIBUNE DER KUNST UND ZEIT
     Politische Zeichnungen von Frans Masereel
     Berlin: Erich Reis Verlag, 1920

     • Internet Archive

  
  
  QUEIQUES COINS DU COEUR
     Some Corners of the Heart

     Avec 24 Bois Dessines et Graves par Franz Masereel
     Proses, Henri Barbusse
     (Geneve) Editions du Sablier, 1921

As a pacifist, soon to be member of the French communist party, Masereel had great sympathy for the work of Henri Barbusse (1873-1935), who was also politically outspoken. Both campaigned in 1921 in favor of Sacco and Vanzetti. 1921 was also the year Barbusse completed Le Couteau entre les dents (The Knife Between My Teeth), which reflected his sympathy with Bolshevism.

      • ZVAB.com
      • Graphic Arts Princeton Un. Library blog


  
  • BILDER DER GROSSSTADT


  
  • DU NOIT AU BLANC VON SCHWARY SU WEISS


  
  
  • MÉDARD DE PARIS
     Author: AuthRene Arcos
     Artist: Frans Masereel
     Published: Editions du Sablier, Paris, 1929

  
  • REVOLTS OF THE MACHINES Invention Run Wild
     A Motion Picture Fantasy, by Romain Rolland
     translated by William A. Drake
     woodcuts by Frans Masereel
     Published by The Dragon Press, NY, 1932
     edition of 500 copies
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
             image from Route des hommes, 1964

  • ROUTE DES HOMMES, (Route of Men)   1964

Frans Masereel was 75 years old when he published Route des hommes (1964). He did “novels without words” all his life (more than 50, according to David Berona). Route des hommes is about the horrible and great things that happen to humankind. We find in the book Masereel's usual topics: war, famine, exploitation, but also progress, team work, joy, etc. . .

   • Joris van Parys, Masereel 1995
   • The Hooded Utilitarian
   • Frans Masereel Centrum


NAOKO MATSUBARA   (Japaness/Canadian, b. 1937)

   
  • NANTUCKET WOODCUTS, 1967
     illustrated by Naoko Matsubara
     text by Fritz Eichenberg

  
  
  
  
  • THE SOLITUDE PORTFOLIO
     A Cross-Cultural Interpretation
     of Henry David Thoreau's Walden

     11 woodcuts inspired by chapter 5 of Walden
     Published by Aquarius Press, 1971

     •Abbozzo Gallery   |   art books
        • Tibetan Sky woodcuts by Naoko Matsubara
           Limited Edition bound in Japanese Saifu cloth
           with original woodcut "Prayer Tree"
        • Tree Spirit The Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara
           signed by the artist
        • Tokonoma haiku & tanka by James Kirkup
           woodcut by Naoko Matsubara
          Every copy is signed by the four collaborators

  

     •Abbozzo Gallery   |   art books
     • Nantucket Woodcuts, 1967
     •Viewing Japanese Prints
     •Woodblock printmaking of Matsubara
     • Solitute Portfolio by Maoko Matsubara


BARRY MOSER   (American, b. 1940)

   Barry Moser
  • WOOD ENGRAVING
     Notes on the Craft by Barry Moser


HANS ALEXANDER MUELLER
   (German/American, 1888-1963)


"I love the woodcut as a form of artistic expression because it requires the simplest material and comparative muscular strength. I love to exploit the full use of my five senses when wood, metal, paper, and color come within my grasp." - Hans Alexander Mueller

   H. A. Mueller
   H. A. Mueller
   H. A. Mueller
   Hans Alexander Mueller
  • WOODCUTS OF NEW YORK
     from a Diary by Hans Alexander Mueller

     29 woodcuts by Hans Alexander Mueller
     Translated by Paul Standard Mueller
     Published by J.J. Augustin, NY, 1938
     part one: images   -   part two: text
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

   H. A. Mueller How I Make Woodcut
   H. A. Mueller
          back of the dust jacket


  • WOODCUTS AND WOOD ENGRAVING
     How I Make Them
, by Hans Alexander Mueller

     published by Pynson Printers, NY, 1939
     duct jacket: front  -  dj: back  -  title page
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

   H. A. Mueller
  • FIRST PART OF DON QUIXOTE
     by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

     illustrated with wood engravings
     by Hans Alexander Mueller
     published by Random House, NY, 1941

     • Still Life 1939 linocut in 2 colors
     • Tumblr: hans alexander mueller


PAUL NASH (English 1889-1946)

  • GENESIS, Nonesuch Press, 1924


Sir WILLIAM NICHOLSON   (English, 1872-1949)

   • AN ILLUSTRATED ALPHABET
  
  
  
      Nicholson as Pavement Artist

   • A (Artist)
   • B (Beggar)
   • C (Countess)
   • D (Dandy)
   • E (Earl)
   • F (Flower Girl)
   • G (Gentleman)
   • H (Huntsman)
   • I (Idiot)
   • J (Jockey)
   • K (Keeper)
   • L (Lady)
   • M (Milkmaid)
   • N (Nobleman)
  
   • O (Ostler)
   • P (Publican
   • Q (Quaker)
   • R (Robber)
   • S (Sportman)
   • T (Trumpeter)
   • U (Urchin)
   • V (Villian)
   • W (Waitress)
   • X (Xylographer)
   • Y (Yokel)
   • Z (Zoologist)

  
  
   THE SQUARE BOOK OF ANIMALS
     
The Project Gutenberg eBook

   LONDON TYPES 1898

   • ALMANAC OF TWELVE SPORTS

   • TWELVE PORTRAITS (first series) 1899

   LINKS:
   • ABC: An Artists' Book Abecedarium


HANS ORLOWSKI   (German, 1894-1967)

   • DAS JUNGSTE GERICHT
      The Last Judgement (27 sheets)

      Wendekreis Druck, Auflage: 100 (Edition of 100)
      (hand colored woodcuts)
      publisher: Charlottenburg : Wendekreis-Verlages, 1923.
      printed under the supervision of the artist
      through art school Charlottenburg
      Binder dimension: 415x320

  
  
  
   • 10 WOODCUTS 1947

  
   • DOSTOJEWSKI DER GROSSINQUISITOR 1953

  
   • ORPHEUS UND EURIDICE 1961
      From the 10th and 11th book of Metamorphoses by Ovid
      Bauer's foundry, Frankfurt, 1961
      10 uncounted sheets (in block book binding)
      14 woodcuts by Hans Orlowski

  
   • DER PSALTER - THE PSALTER 1961


      • Boy in the Street woodcut


AGNES MILLER PARKER   (English)

  
  
 • ELEGY IN A COUNTRY CHURCH YARD by
     published by Heritage Press, NY
     limited edition, signed and numbered
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore


PABLO PICASSO   (French, 1881-1973)

  
  • LE CHEF-D'OEUVRE INCONNU
     by Honore de Balzac
     13 etchings & 67 woodcuts by Picasso
     published by Paris: Vollard, 1931
     limited edition of 340 copies


JAMES REID:   (1907-1989)

  
  
 • THE SONG OF SONGS
     of Solomon
(1931)

     with 27 Art Deco woodcuts by James Reid
     illustrating romantic poetry from the bible
     published by Farrar & Rinehart, 1931
     75 unpaginated pages, measuring 7.25" x 10.25"


MARCANTONIO RAIMONDI
   (Italian, c. 1480 - c. 1534)

Marcantonio Raimondi, also "simply known as Marcantonio, was an Italian engraver, known for being the first important printmaker whose body of work consists mainly of prints copying paintings. He is therefore a key figure in the rise of the reproductive print. He also systematized a technique of engraving that became dominant in Italy and elsewhere. . .

About 1506 he began to make copies of Durer's woodcut series, The Life of the Virgin. This was an extremely common practice, although normally engravers copied other expensive engravings rather than the cheaper woodcuts. However Durer's woodcuts had raised the standard of the medium considerably . . . His early copies included Durer's famous AD monogram, and Durer made a complaint to the Venetian Government, which won him some legal protection for his monogram, but not his compositions, in Venetian territory - an important case in the slowly evolving history of intellectual property law. . .'"  -  Wikipedia

  
  •
I MODI: Woodblock Edition
     woodblock prints from the 1550 version of
     I Modi with sonnet by Arentino

  • I Modi, 16 engravings by Marcantonio Raimondi
  • I Modi, 1798 - Carracci Edition?


ARTEMIO RODRIGUEZ   (Mexico, b. 1972)

  
   • SEVEN DEADLY SINS, 2003

  
   • SEVEN DEADLY DEMONS, 2003

   • WOODCUTS OF WOMEN, 2001

      • Davidson Galleries
         The Triumph of Death
         Portfolios & Artist Books


HOWARD JACOB SIMON (1902-1979)

  
  • SONG OF SONGS, 1928

     • RHYTHMS OF MEN IN THE WILDERNESS, 1948
        wood-engraving (The Woodcut Society)


CHARLES WILLIAM SMITH   (1893-1987)

"Smith learned how to use gouges and chisels from his father, a patternmaker for local industries. Early in his career he turned to linoleum block printing. He explained in his 1926 book, Linoleum Block Printing, that the basic techniques for linoleum block and wood block were similar. The artist transferred his design to the block and then cut the design in relief. Areas not to be printed were cut away. The difference lay in the inability of the linoleum to permit fine lines or much detail. Linoleum blocks produced prints with large areas of color and minimal lines. . . Smith was often experimental . . ." - Church Hill People's News

Smith ventured beyond representational printmaking in his 1939 book of colored woodcuts titled Abstrations where he created a method of block painting to explore abstract forms. He published two books of his block paintings, Animal Fare and My Zoological Garden.

  
  
 • LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTING 1925
     Illustrated with color prints by Charles W. Smith
     Waynesboro, Va: Charles W. Press, Inc.

  
  
 • OLD VIRGINIA IN BLOCK PRINTS
     Block prints by Charles W. Smith
     Introduction by John W. Rixey Smith
     Richmond, VA: The Dale Press, 1929

  
 • OLD CHARLESTON
     24 woodcuts by Charles W. Smith
     First edition, 1550 copies, signed by Smith.
     Richmond, VA: The Dale Press, 1933

  
  • ABSTRACTIONS
     Woodcuts by Charles Smith
     Forward by Carl O. Schniewind
     New York: The Johnson Publishing Company, 1939
     inscribed by Charles Smith at rear colophon
     Octavo, includes 6 original abstract color woodblocks
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore
     • The Old Print Shop, NY

  
 • MY ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN
     woodcuts by Charles W. Smith
     Charlottesville, VAi, University of Virginia Press, 1956

  
 • THE ANIMAL FARE
     woodcuts by Charles W. Smith
     1st edition, Richmond: Garret and Massi, 1962

     • Block. Ink. Paper
     • Letter Press Converted to Printing Press


OTTO RUDOLF SCHATZ   (Viennese, 1900-1961)

  
  • DER ENTWURZELTE BAUM
     (The Uprooted Trees)
     by Josef Luitpold Stern
     woodcuts by Otto Rudolf Schatz
     Berlin: Buchergilde Gutenberg, 1926

  • DIE NEUE STADT (The New State) 1927


HENRI VAN STRATEN:   (Dutch)


LYND WARD:   (American 1905-1985)

  
  
  
  WAIF MAID by May McNeer
     pictures from woodcuts by Lynd Ward

     published by Macmillan Company, 1930
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore


  
  
  FAUST, A TRAGEDY
     by Johann Wolfganf von Goethe

     translated by Alice Raphael
     introduction by Mark Van Doren
     6 wood engraving by Lynd Ward
     tipped-in woodcuts printed on tissue
     published by Cape & Smith, 1930
     one of 501 numbered copies, signed by the
     translator and Wart in margin of frontispiece
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore $275-350.00


  
  
  
  • HOT COUNTRIES by Alec Waugh
     wood engraving by Lynd Ward
     published by The Literary Guild, 1930
     (also published by Farrar & Rinehard, NY, 1930)
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore


  
  
  • MOST WOMEN by Alec Waugh
     with woodcuts by Lynd Ward
     published by Farrar & Rinehard, NY, 1931
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore


  
  
  • IMPASSIONED CLAY by Llewelyn Powys
     signed wood engraving by Lynd Ward
     published by Longmans, Green, 1931
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore


  
  
  
  
  • FRANKENSTEIN Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
     64 wood engravings by Lynd Ward
     published by Harrison Smith & Robert Haas, NY 1934
      © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore
      • Illustrations for Frankenstein
      • Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books


  
  • PM: An Intimate Journal for Art Directors

     Production Managers, and their Associated
     Vol. 2, No. 6, February 1936
     • essays on Lynd Ward and
     • the art of Woodblock Printing
     • Woodcutters of Our Time -
        Franz Masereel and Others by Lynd Ward
     • Lynd Ward by Percy Seitlin
     • Lynd Ward woodblock letterpress insert
     • A Note on Technique by Lynd Ward
     2013 © collection of Scattergood-Moore

   lend ward film
      O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward

      Michael Maglaras & Robin Ward Savage
      217 Films

   LYND WARD LINKS:

   • Today's Inspiration
   • Lynd Ward and his woodcuts
   • Flickriver.com
   • tumblr
   • Caustic Cover Critic


ERNEST W. WATSON (American)

  
  THE RELIEF PRINT
     by Ernest W. Watson & Norman Kent

     published: New York MCMXLV (1945)
     • The Woodcut Versus the Wood Engraving
     • Eva & Ernest W. Watson
     • Color Printing from Relief Blocks
   
         Deserted, linoleum cut in color


MAX WEBER (Russian/American 1881-1961)

  
  CUBIST POEMS 1914
     poems and woodcuts by Max Weber

     published: London, Elkin Wathews

  
  
  PRIMITIVES 1926
     poems and 11 woodcuts by Max Weber
     Introduction by Benjamin De Casseres
     published by Spiral Press, 1926
     • cover Design  |  title page
     • woodcut & poem (Congo Form)
     • about: Primitive   |   Max Weber
     • woodcuts: mother and child  |  still life

     • Max Weber: Cubist Poems


OTHER

  
                           slip case
  
                           title page

  • FACE TO FACE. TWELVE CONTEMPORARY
     AMERICAN ARTISTS INTERPRET THEMSELVES
     IN A LIMITED EDITION OF ORIGINAL WOOD ENGRAVINGS.
     Produced by Michael McCurdy and Robert Hauser
     Published by Penmaen Press, 1984

"One of 250 numbered copies with an introduction by Leonard Baskin and a dedication print by Lynd Ward. Twelve printed folders containing an engraved self-portrait by the artist which are numbered and signed and laid into the printed folder with a page of text about the artist. With an additional suite of the 13 signed (but not numbered) prints on different paper. The twelve artists are:

  
Fred Becker (1913-2004)
   Self Portrait, wood engraving 8 x 6 inches, 1984

  
Jack Coughlin (b. 1932)
   Self Portrait wood engraving 8 x 6 inches, 1984

  
         ?
John H. DePol   (b. 1913)
   Self Portrait, wood engraving

  
Fritz Eichenberg (1901-1990)
   Self Portrait wood engraving, 1984

  
Raymond Gloeckler (b. after 1928)
   Self Portrait, wood engraving, nd

  
James Bruce Grashow, (b. 1942)
   Self Portrait. wood engraving, 8 x 6 inches, 1984

  
Judith Jaidinger (b. 1941)
   Self Portrait, wood engraving, 8 x 6 inches, 1984

  
Stefan Martin (1936-1994)
   Self Portrait, wood engraving 7 5/8 x 5 3/4 inches, 1984

  
Michael McCurdy (b. 1942)
   Self Portrait wood engraving, 7 7/8 x 6 inches, 1984

  
Barry Moser (.b. 1940)
    Self Portrait, wood engraving, 1984

  
Gillian Tyler (American, 20th Century)
   Self Portrait wood-engraving, 8 x 6 inches, 1984

Herbert Ogden Waters (1903-1996)
   Self Portrait wood-engraving
   • Saw Mill, 1934/43, color linocut

  
Lynd Ward   (1905-1985)
   Self, wood engraving 8 x 5 inches, 1984

Ward's previously unpublished print is not signed, due to Ward's death before the project was completed. Harold McGrath printed the blocks, which were cancelled at the end of the press run. Originally issued in a box at $1600, but only a few were issued with the box as it was cancelled due to it being too expensive to produce. The wrapper-bound edition was issued at $625. Seven of the artists have died since their contribution to this project.
" - Oak Knoll

      • Un. of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries
      • Live Auctioneers
      • The Veatchs Arts of the Book
      • Flint Institute of Arts
      • Pinterest: printmaking: Michael McCurdy


   WORDLESS BOOK LINKS:

  
   • GRAPHIC WITNESS: Four Wordless Graphic Novels
      by George Walker, Firefly Books, 2007

  
   • WORDLESS BOOKS: The Original Graphic Novels
      by David Berona, Abrams, 2008

A Thousand Words per Page
BibliOdyssey
   Speechless
Thomas Shahan: tagged "engraving"
flickr: Speechless
Memories of Nam
Paul's Comics without Words Page
   Woodcut & Linoleumcut Novels
Stories Without Words: A Bibliography
Wordless Books - David A. Berona
Wordless Graphic Novels
DuckDuckGo: American Printmakers



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SELECTED WOODCUT LINKS

American Block Prints - Gutenberg Publication, c.1937
Art of Printmaking
Baren Forum
   'White Line' printing
Century of Maine Prints 1880-1980
Era Woodblock prints
Eroti Cart: History of Erotic Art
   Aubrey Beardsley (English, 1872-1898)
   Gustave Courbet (French)
   Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
   Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669)
   Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)
   Egon Schiele (Austrian, 1890-1918)
Flickr: The Wood Engraving Pool

   Graphic Witness
Graphic Witness


"The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth.

Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters - is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back.” - Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

Helen West Heller: Mother Earth
Michael Mazur: Essay on Studio Show
mhsartgallerymac - printing
Pinterest: Woodcut & Relief Printmaking
Pomona: Woodcut on Paper
Prints America
   woodcuts
PunderSlut Revolution & Social Justice Links
Radical Graphics
Terra Foundation for American Art: Collections
Treasure Hunt: 25 woodcuts
Villard Studios
Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History
Woodblock Printmaking
Xylography



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SELECTED PRINT DEALERS

PRINT DEALERS
Annex Galleries: On Fine Prints and Artists
Mary Ryan Gallery
Philadelphia Print Shop
Provincetown Art Association
Skinner Auctions
Steven Thomas Fine Arts
   Provincetown Prints
The Veatchs Arts of the Book
   Artists' Books
   • Thomas Cornell Defense of Cracchus. . .
   • Aubrey Schwartz Mothers and Children
  Leonard Baskin
   • Hippolytos
   Antonio Frasconi
   • Against the Grain
   • A Vision of Thoreau
   • A Whitman Portrait
   Gehenna Press
   Limited Editions Club
   Wood Engravings
   • Wood-Engravings of John Nash
   • Barry Moser Wood Engraving, Notes on the Craft
William P Carl: Color Woodcuts



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WORDLESS BOOKS • GRAPHIC NOVELS
ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

SELECTED PRINTMAKERS



BALTHUS   (Balthasar Klossowski)
    (French, 1908-2001)

  
  
   • 1921, MITSOU: FORTHY IMAGES
      40 images by Balthus
      forward by Rilke

  
  
     • 1993 WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte

New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1993. First edition. One of 300 copies signed by Balthus with fifteen lithographs by Balthus. Folio (16 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches; 410 x 313 mm). Printed on Arches paper. Publisher's full tan leather, lettered in brown on front board. Housed in full cloth felt-lined clamshell, with leather spine label. Publisher's newsletter laid in. "But when he made the early drawings for Wuthering Heights back in 1933, he stopped at a point about halfway through the book. As Jean Leymarie has noted, 'Only the artist's interest continued so long as the world of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw is that if childhood and adolescence. In these drawings Balthus clearly identifies himself with Heathcliff, the willful outsider unamenable to morality and society, in his vengeful satanism and headlong transgressions - an exemplary creation and an undying presence on the absolute level of art and human destiny.' .Unable to forget his early fascination with Wuthering Heights, Balthus agreed to have the entire suite of fifteen drawings presented here for the first time in their destined context, if in a strictly limited edition. He was 25 when he began these remarkable illustrations; today he is 85. . ." - AveBooks
      • Little Hokum Rag


ERNST BARLACH   (German, 1870-1938)


MAX BECKMANN   (German, 1884–1950)
   Self Portrait, woodcut, 1922


WILLIAM BLAKE   (English, 1757-1827)

  
  

   William Blake Thenot and Colinet wood-engraving
   Thenot and Colinet wood engraving 1820-21

   1st of 17 illustrations by William Blake for
   The Pastroals of Virgil
   published by Dr. R.J. Thornton, 1821


DER ORCHIDDEENGARTEN   (Germany, 1919-1921)

  
   Der Orchideengarten 1920 cover (Leidlein)
   The Orchid Garden
   Three Lander Publisher, booklet 20

German fantasy magazine, Der Orchideengarten, was a large-format magazine. "Its 51 issues. . . featured an impressive gallery of fantastic art, ranging from reproductions of medieval woodcuts, and the work of established masters of macabre drawing like Gustave Dore or Tony Johannot, to contemporary German artists like Rolf von Hoerschelmann, Otto Linnekogel, Karl Ritter, Heinrich Kley, or Alfred Kubin. . . The fiction, however, was mixed; the new German fantasy stories were usually somewhat pedestrian. . . but the magazine also printed a wide selection of fantastic stories by famous foreign authors such as Dickens, Pushkin, Charles Nodier, Maupassant, Poe, Voltaire, Gautier, Washington Irving, Hawthorne, Valerii Briusov, H. G. Wells, Karel and Josef Capek, Victor Hugo, and others equally prominent . .." - Franz Rottensteiner, Fantasy Book (1978) - reposted from 50watts.com

   • 50 Watts

""Will Schofield’s blog is quite possibly the richest source of book-related design and illustration in the universe. Will displays the fervour of the most dedicated historian whilst time and again proving he has an eye for exceptional images." - David Pearson

      • Watering the Toxic Garden


ERIC DOOKER   (Amercian, contemporary)

   Eric Dooker
                     Sunday Afternoon


   • FLOOD
   • HOWL by Allen Ginsberg
   • BLOOD SONG - A SILENT BALLARD


MAX ERNST

   Max Ernst
   •


  
ROBERT GIBBINGS   (1889-1958)

   • The City Walls, Salonica, nd, woodcut


   Eric Gill The Raised Bottom wood engraving
ERIC GILL   (1882-1940)

   • Lovers: the Raised Bottom wood-engraving 1934


WILLIAM GROPPER   (Amercian, 1897-1977)

   William Gropper
   William Gropper
   • ALAY-OPP by William Gropper
      title page
      Published by Coward-McCann, 1930

   William Gropper
   • THE CAPPRICIOS (50 lithographs)
      a reaction to McCarthyim and the Cold War


MILT GROSS   (American)

   Milt Gross
   • HE DONE HER WRONG 1930


ERICH HECKEL (German)

   Heckel
   • PORTFOLIO OF ELEVEN WOODCUTS 1912-19


HERGÉ   (Belgian, 1907-1983)
     Comic book writer and artist best known for
  
   • THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (23 comic books)


Katsushika HOKUSAI (Japaness, 1760-1849)


ROCKWELL KENT   (American, 1882-1971)

  
  
   • N by E by Rockwell Kent
      published by Literary Guild, NY, 1930
        © collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  
  
   • A NORTHERN CHRISTMAS
     Being the Story of a Peaceful Christmas
     in the Remote and Peaceful Wilderness
     of an Alaskan Island by Rockwell Kent
     Published by American Artists Group, NY
      © collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  
   • SALAMINA by Rockwell Kent
     Published by Harcourt Brace, NY 1935
     original git-stamped blue cloth; signed
     21 color plates and double-page color map
      © collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
  
   • THIS IS MY OWN by Rockwell Kent
      © collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
   • IT'S ME O LORD
     The Autobiography of Rockwell Kent
     © collection of Scattergood-Moore

  
   • AN AMERICAN SAGA by David Traxel
     Life and Times of Rockwell Kent
     © collection of Scattergood-Moore

      • Art and Anarchy


ANSELM KIEFER   (German, contemporary)


  
    The Parents, woodcut from the "War Portfolio" 1923
          Self Portrait, woodcut, 1923

KATHE KOLLWITZ   (German, 1867-1945)

    • The Degenerate Prints of Kathe Kollwitz


PETER KUPER   (American 1958)

   Peter Kuper


CLARE LEIGHTON   (English/American 1898-1989)

  
   Clare Leighton
   • TEMPESTUOUS PETTICOAT
     Rinehart & Company, Inc. , New York: 1947

      © collection of Scattergood-Moore


SI LEWEN   (Poland/American 1918- )

      • GENESIS

"Following the graphic stories of Parade and Journey "Genesis" is a still ongoing work in progress. It may have had its earliest beginning when, age 12, I declined a traditional Bar Mitzvah, but illustrated the Bible instead. Genesis, especially, can fire an adolescent imagination. The following, very limited, selection may well represent the culmination of what began in Berlin in 1931. . . - Si Llewen

   Si Lewen, The Parade, 1950
  • THE PARADE 1950
     The Parade | story in 12 drawings, 1957

"I find your work, The Parade very impressive from a purely artistic standpoint. Furthermore, I find it a real merit to counteract the tendencies toward war through the medium of art. Nothing can equal the psychological effect of real art-neither factual description nor intellectual discussion. It had often been said that art should not be used to serve any political or otherwise practical goals. But I could never agree with this point of view. It is true that it is utterly wrong and disgusting if some direction of thought and expression is forced upon the artist from outside. But strong emotional tendencies of the artist himself have often given birth to truly great works of art. One has only to think of Gulliver's Travels and Daumier's immortal drawings directed against the corruption in French politics of his time. Our time needs you and your work." - The Parade, in 1950, Albert Einstein on The Parade, 1950

  • A JOURNEY, 72 drawings 1980 (more)


  
         Self Portrait, woodcut, 1957

FRANS MASEREEL (Belgium, 1889-1972)


GARL MEFFERT   (1903-1988)

   • YOUTH WITHOUT MEANS (Erwerbslose Jugend) 1928


   Paul Nash Boredom 1928 wood engraving
PAUL NASH   (1889-1946)


THOMAS OTT   (Swiss, b. 1966)

  

      Ott uses the scratchboard technique,
      each page starts out black and Ott
      uses pointed objects to scratch through
      to the white underneath.

   • TALES OF ERROR   (1989)
      Edition Moderne, Zurich, CH

   • HELLVILLE   (1994)
      Edition Moderne, Zurich, CH

   • DEAD END   (1996)
      Edition Moderne, Zurich, CH

   • LA GRANDE FAMIGLIA   (1998)
      L'Association, Paris

   • CINEMA PANOPTICUM   (2005)
      Edition Moderne, Zurich, CH

  
   • THE NUMBER   (2008)
      Edition Moderne, Zurich, CH

  
   • UNPLUGGED & SKETCHBOOK   (2009)

      • Comicstills
      • Ott's Skratchbord work


AGNES MILLER PARKER (1895-1980)


   • The Tale of Genji 1654
      attributed to LADY MURASAKI SHIKIBU
      Woodcuts for the 1st edition of

      complete digitized copy
      illustrated Joh-oh (1654) edition

  
      book: Kiritsubo


  
YAMAMOTO SHUNSHO   (Japaness, 1610-1682)

"Yamamoto Shunsho, an important illustrator in Kyoto who went in for the art of waka poems from his earlier years, collected manuscripts of main text and commentaries of Genji. Upon these materials he published woodcut print of illustrated “Tale of Genji” (E’iri Genji monogatari) in 1650 (Kei-an 3) and 1654 (Jou-oh 3) for the general readers." - The "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari) Database

ISTVÁN SZSGEDI SZUTS   (1892-1939)

   • MY WAR   (1931)


  
Kitagawa UTAMARO   (Japaness, 1753-1806)

Kitagawa Utamaro was a Japanese printmaker and painter, who is considered one of the greatest artists of woodblock prints (ukiyo-e). His name was romanized as Outamaro. He is known especially for his masterfully composed studies of women, known as biding. He also produced nature studies, particularly illustrated books of insects.

  • The Fitzwilliam Museum: Utamaro
Three picture books (ehon) by Kitagawa Utamaro to accompany kyoja (playful 'crazy-verse' poems) on natural themes - each printed in colours from several carved woodblocks. On some pages mica, brass or tim dust has been applied to create sine and sparkle, and texture has been embossed from carved blocks pressed into the paper without ink ('blind embossing').

  
      01. Crawling Creatures 1788
  
      02. Gifts from the Ebb Tide 1789
  
      03. The Bird Book Myriad Birds 1790

  


MYRON WALDMAN   (1908-2006)

  
   • EVE   1943


LYND WARD   (American 1905-1985)

  
    • BALLARD OF READING GOAL by Oscar Wilde
     illustrated with mezzotints by Lynd Ward
     Macy/Masius: The Vangard Press, 1928
     1st impression consists of 2000 copies
     © 2013 collection of Scattergood-Moore

  

   • A BOOKS OF HOURS, 1937
     by Donald Culross Peattie
     with 24 full page illustration by Lynd Ward

     published by G. P Putnam's Sons
      • Open Library
      • Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books

  
   • THE RIGHT OF MAN
         lithographs by Lynd Ward
         Signed, limited edition



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TABLE OF CONTENT

INTRODUCTION

THE EARLY YEARS
(1872-1921)

THE CHICAGO YEARS
(1921-1932)

NEW YORK CITY  I
(1932-1941)

NEW YORK CITY  II
(1942-1955)

EPILOGUE & LINKS

 

 

HISTORY of WOODCUTTINGROBERT HARDY ANDREWROGER PAUL HELLERMIGRATORY URGE 1928NEW MASSES
AMERICAN ARITSTS' CONGRESS, 1936AMERICAN CONGRESS ARTISTSWOODCUTS U.S.A., 1947A HORRIBLE CRIME
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HELEN WEST HELLER RETROSPECTIVE 2003

 

 



 

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NOTES:

The Crib Sheet: February 2009
The Visual Telling of Stories by Dr. Chris Mullen
Megllan's Log: Woodcuts
American Art Prints and Printmaking
American WPA Era Art
Printsy: Printmakers of Etsy
woodblock dreams
Barenforum.org
McClain's Printmaking Supplies
Art of the Print
Princeton Un.: Graphic Arts
Liverenblog
Art Alliance Austin

 

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