(Christmas Cactus in turquoise vase) by Hugo Noske

(Christmas Cactus in turquoise vase) by Hugo Noske

(Christmas Cactus in turquoise vase)

Hugo Noske

Title

(Christmas Cactus in turquoise vase)

 
Artist

Hugo Noske

  1886 - 1960 (biography)
Year
c. 1925  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
14 5/8 x 14 1/2" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right margin 
Edition Size
not stated, presumed to be under 100 
Annotations
signed in pigment in the image, lower right; pencil annotated "Orig. Holzschnitt, Handdruck" (original woodcut, hand-pulled) 
Reference
 
Paper
soft, fibrous laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23184 
Price
$750.00 
Description

Little information is available about the life of Vienna-born printmaker Hugo Noske. What we do know is that he created a large body of color woodcuts, many of which were floral subjects, often bouquets in Arts & Crafts vessels.

Another thing we know is that he was not afraid of color. This Christmas cactus is brilliant reds and oranges, set against a golden background and contained in a turqouise vase that sits on a deep red table. This image can be "read" across a room.

Noske signed the work within the image in the lower right and again in pencil in the margin beneath the image. He annotates the print "Orig. Holzschnitt, Handdruck" indicating that it is an "Original woodcut" and is "hand-printed" by the artist himself. He does not ascribe an edition number to this impression.

Many of Noske's works are found in the United States so it can be assumed he was working with a gallery or distributor who was able to find a market here.