Forbidden Fruit by William Seltzer Rice
William Seltzer Rice
color woodcut with handcoloring
13 1/4 x 12 7/8" image
pencil, lower right
fewer than 12 impressions
pencil titled, lower left
The white Cockatoo and colorful 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 dish filled with pears, oranges, and grapes.