(Portrait of a woman) by Cora Boone

(Portrait of a woman) by Cora Boone

(Portrait of a woman)

Cora Boone

Title

(Portrait of a woman)

 
Artist

Cora Boone

  1871 - 1953 (biography)
Year
c. 1930  
Technique
white line color woodcut (single block) 
Image Size
11 x 7 15/16" image and paper 
Signature
not signed 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
 
Reference
illustrated in St. Gaudens/Schiffer, Emerging from the Shadows, Vol. I pg. 83 
Paper
cream, fibrous Japanese 
State
 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
15207 
Price
$2,500.00 
Description

This rare white-line woodcut by Cora Boone is a profile portrait of an African-American woman, done using a single block which is then "painted" with printing ink. The elements of the composition, the hair, the face, the dress etc. are separated by a small groove, which does not print - leaving a "white line" to carry the image.

Boone, who was taught the technique by the American master Blanche Lazzell, uses the grain of the wood very effectively in the hair and border. In the area of the face and the cheeks she applied more ink and eliminates the grain, creating a subtle shading and density that draws the viewer's eye to the subject.

This is the only known impression of this print and it is unsigned. It is from the estate of California artist Eleanor DeHaas (1912-1992) who studied at Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.