Harbor Scene by Arthur Wesley Dow

Harbor Scene by Arthur Wesley Dow

Harbor Scene

Arthur Wesley Dow

Title

Harbor Scene

 
Artist
Year
1895  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
5 x 2 1/4" image size 
Signature
ink, verso 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
copyright 1895 by Arthur W. Dow, verso of board 
Reference
similar in coloring to one illustrated on page 21 in Arthur Wesley Dow and His Influence, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art 
Paper
Japanese 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
GABR101 
Price
$5,000.00 
Description

This color woodcut by American printmaker Arthur Wesley Dow, often credited with introducing the Japanese method of woodcut to the west. Dow experimented with the blocks, creating images that reflected different time of day or season, printing each as a unique work of art. The view is probably the harbor in Ipswich, Massechusetts, where Dow had his studio.

He called his woodcuts "color themes," and they demonstrate his devotion to Eastern concepts of line, color, and notan–the balance of light and dark. He executed the entire printmaking process by hand, carving and inking the blocks and then printing them sequentially on damp mulberry paper. In some cases he did not use a linear key block to pull elements together but evoked landscape forms by juxtaposing color shapes.

Dow signed some of his prints and many were not signed, signing in the 19th century was inconsistent and prints were often only signed for exhibition or when sold. This impression is annotated in ink on the verso: 'Copyright 1895 / by / Arthur W. Dow'.

Dow's importance in the American Arts & Crafts movement is difficult to overstate, there have been many exhibitions and books written on him and his influence.