Wiston River by Frank Morley Fletcher

Wiston River by Frank Morley Fletcher

Wiston River

Frank Morley Fletcher

Title

Wiston River

 
Artist
Year
c. 1911  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
8 3/8 x 14 5/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
42 of 100  
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned, lower left margin. 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white Japan laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21876 
Price
$2,500.00 
Description

This Japanese inspired color woodcut by Frank Morley Fletcher was done around 1911. Fletcher was born in Whiston, England in 1866 and this woodcut of the Wiston River, one of a number of prints he did that evoked his native South Yorkshire. At this time he was teaching at the University College, Reading School of Art. Fletcher taught the color woodcut process to Allen Seaby, John Platt and B.J.O. Nordfeldt and many others.

Fletcher, like his American counterpart, artist Arthur Dow, carved and printed his own woodcuts, experimenting with the color within the editions which were typically 75 to 100 (this is numbered 42/100) impressions.

Curator Nancy Green commented about Fletcher's work:

"Muted colors are often contrasted with saturated bright greens and torquoise; in this he paid homage to Puvis de Chavannes, the French artist Fletcher admired (above all others) for his selection of beautiful tones and colors for the spiritual harmony found in all his works."