Daffodils by Edward Ryden

Daffodils by Edward Ryden

Daffodils

Edward Ryden

Title

Daffodils

 
Artist

Edward Ryden

  1922 - 2013 (biography)
Year
2006  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
6 3/4 x 10"  
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
7 of 10  
Annotations
titled in lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
laid Japanese hosho 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
ER126 
Price
$350.00 
Description

Using a subtle palette, Edward Ryden depicts the ruffled heads of daffodils springing up beside the still waters of a marsh. A heron stands at attention on the lookout for a snack; a small duck, perhaps a young mallard, meanders by in the background. This late-career image by the prolific artist and traveler reflects a desire to do away with clutter and noise, to hold still in one place, and to capture the natural world in simple, quiet terms.

As with much of his work, Ryden aims to find the small surprises that present themselves to the patient observer. In this case, it’s the flower of late winter, the daffodil, which springs up in cold, drier climates to provide cheerful color when we least expect it. In Sonoma County, where Ryden spent much of the second half of his life, yellow daffodils arrive in late January and sometimes continue to grow through April. Small, bobbing blossoms of yellow and white break through the frosty ground in triumphant clusters throughout the rolling hillsides, a sign of perseverance.

 
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