Spirit of the Sea by Bertha Lum

Spirit of the Sea by Bertha Lum

Spirit of the Sea

Bertha Lum

Title

Spirit of the Sea

 
Artist

Bertha Lum

  1869 - 1954 (biography)
Year
1916  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
16 13/16 x 11 1/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower image 
Edition Size
No. 52 
Annotations
inscribed along lower image: Copyright 1916 by Bertha Lum 
Reference
Gravalos Pulin 47; illustrated, page 71; Library of Congress Lum 45 
Paper
ivory laid Japanese 
State
 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
PAMI103 
Price
$4,000.00 
Description

"Spirit of the Sea" is a color woodcut Lum did in 1916 and is one of a number of Art Nouveau-like compositions based on Japanese myths. A spirit rises from the sea, holding a globe in her hand that she has lifted from the globes floating at her feet. A large wave with a pillar of figures coils over her head.

"Spirit of the Sea" was illustrated in an article about Lum's work in International Studio, January, 1921. Lum commented about this image: "Lonely as the ever-breaking waves, though surrounded by the jewels of the deep, only the spirits of the dead for company."

Bertha Lum experimented with variations in color with her work and the images will vary considerably. This impression is done in blues and grays with a tan color to pull the figure together. Lum has signed, dated, copyrighted and numbered this work "52" in pencil in the lower margin.