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
$1,100.00 
Description

Like color woodcut pioneer Arthur W. Dow, Anders Aldrin often printed each impression with individual colors so, within an edition (this image editioned at 200) each impression has a different coloring, making them more like a monoprint. It is unlikely that Aldrin actually printed 200 impressions in the middle of the Great Depression, but he was optimistic. This composition was probably of the landscape around Ojai in Southern California.

In 1928, Anders Aldren studied for six months at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco before settling permanently in Los Angeles. Anders Aldrin learned the techniques of the Japanese color woodcut from Frank Morley Fletcher, who was teaching the technique in Santa Barbara, California.

Also in 1928 Aldrin made his first color woodcut and continued to experiment with the medium until 1937. Many of Aldrin's woodcuts are listed in the G.S.A. survey of WPA artworks held in Non-Federal repositories, though Aldrin claimed he did not work in the WPA.