California Hills by Anders Gustave Aldrin

California Hills by Anders Gustave Aldrin

California Hills

Anders Gustave Aldrin

Title

California Hills

 
Artist
Year
c. 1934  
Technique
color woodcut (monoprint) 
Image Size
10 5/8 x 13 5/8" image 
Signature
pencil signed, lower right 
Edition Size
2 of 100  
Annotations
titled 
Reference
Newark Museum #4 
Paper
laid Japanese 
State
published 
Publisher
WPA 
Inventory ID
VA141 
Price
SOLD
Description

Aldrin printed each impression of his California woodcuts in different color combinations, much like Arthur Dow had done. Each impression is unique, hence the "monoprint" designation.

Many of Aldrin's color woodcuts are listed by the Newark Museum as having been done in the W.P.A. and allocated to the museum during the project, though there is little other evidence of this. We have used Newark's allocation number for reference.

Painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Aldrin was born in Värmland, Sweden. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1911, settling in Minnesota. By 1923 he had relocated in Southern California and began his studies at the Otis Art Institute where he received the Huntington Assistance Award and a full scholarship to the Santa Barbara School of Art. He learned the techniques of the Japanese color woodcut from Frank Morley Fletcher.

In 1928, he studied for six months at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco before settling permanently in Los Angeles. That same year Aldrin made his first color woodcut, possibly through the WPA, and continued to experiment with the medium until 193