Provincetown Beach by John Ross

Provincetown Beach by John Ross

Provincetown Beach

John Ross

Title

Provincetown Beach

 
Artist

John Ross

  1921 - 2017 (biography)
Year
1962  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
16 3/4 x 23 1/8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
65 of 100  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned 
Reference
Boston Printmakers - Acton pg. 170, illustrated in color, 15th annual exhibition 1962, Print Club of N.Y. exhibition 14 Dec. 2014, Ross 184, Rutgers - Box 6 folder 3 
Paper
thin white Japanese wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
20894 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description

Angularity and saturated color are the hallmarks of John Ross’s color woodcut style, combined with a jazzy, urban sensibility even in his portrayals of quaint towns and desert landscapes. The East Coast native often composed his works from an angle that captured a peak or hill from below, with upward facing movement that suggested the pace of modern expansion, the reach for new heights. In his depiction of Provincetown, Massachusetts, even the cottages that line the quiet harbor beach seem to be dancing or jumping to a rhythm produced from the artist’s own hand.

Provincetown’s reputation as an artist destination and color woodcut center had long been established by the time Ross created this color woodcut. In the 1960s it was still somewhat quiet, though its reputation as a tourist destination in the summers was beginning to take off. As of today, the population swells from its residential number of around 3,000 to around 60,000 at the peak of the tourist season.

Ross’s image captures a time that predates such staggering numbers, with an abandoned sandy beach, two fishing boats on the calm bay, and a jumble of mismatched buildings under a deep blue sky.

 
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