(Homage to Georges Rouault) by Meta Cohen Hendel

(Homage to Georges Rouault) by Meta Cohen Hendel

(Homage to Georges Rouault)

Meta Cohen Hendel

Title

(Homage to Georges Rouault)

 
Artist
Year
1947  
Technique
color woodcut engraving / monoprint 
Image Size
11 x 8 7/8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
unknown 
Annotations
"reproduced by woodblock" 
Reference
 
Paper
tan wove paper 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
14050 
Price
$400.00 
Description

Hendel developed a very unique approach to the woodcut medium and her woodengravings are quite extaordinary. She carved the cherry blocks using wood-engraving tools, with the grain, a method sometimes called a ''xylograph," differentiating it from a 'woodcut' which uses different tools. 'Wood-engravings' are generally done on the end-grain. Hendel developed this very unique approach to the woodcut medium, which she described in 'How To Make A Color Wood Engraving' by Meta C. Hendel, published from Magazine Of The San Francisco Women's Club, National League For Woman's Service, July, 1946.

In this color woodengraving Meta Cohen Hendel pays tribute to Georges Rouault, borrowing his heavy linework and dark palette to create this image of a hatted man in profile, echoing the clown portraits Rouault often painted. Hendel, whose delicate florals and cityscapes are in stark contrast to Rouault’s moodier style, utilizes her preferred medium - woodengraving - to achieve an almost uncanny likeness of Rouault’s thick brushstrokes. An excellent example of Hendel’s printmaking expertise and keen versatility.

 
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