Forbidden Fruit by William Seltzer Rice

Forbidden Fruit by William Seltzer Rice

Forbidden Fruit

William Seltzer Rice

Title

Forbidden Fruit

 
Artist
Year
c. 1925  
Technique
color woodcut with handcoloring 
Image Size
13 1/4 x 12 7/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
fewer than 12 impressions 
Annotations
pencil titled, lower left 
Reference
 
Paper
fine laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
PMJ296 
Price
$5,000.00 
Description

William S. Rice added hand coloring to brighten the composition of this large color woodcut, which was done around 1925.

The white Sulfer Crested Cockatoo and colorful Scarlet Macaw were neighbors of the artist, William S. Rice. His daughter, Roberta Treseder, recalls that the Macaw was named Lolita and she lived next door while the Cockatoo lived around the block. Rice would visit the birds to make sketches. Rice had fun putting the birds together in his image, placing Lolita on her perch and the Cockatoo on the other side of a bowl filled with pears, oranges, and grapes.

As both birds appear to be eying the "forbidden fruit" on the table Lolita has taken some of the grapes from the bowl and is preparing to eat them and perhaps offer some to her visitor, perhaps a reference to the Adam and Eve tale.