Brixham Town by John Edgar Platt

Brixham Town by John Edgar Platt

Brixham Town

John Edgar Platt

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Title

Brixham Town

 
Artist
Year
1927  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
9 3/4 x 13 5/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
53 of 150  
Annotations
titled in pencil, lower left 
Reference
Chapman 16; illustrated as plate I in "Colour Woodcuts" by John Platt; British Museum 1932,0514.42 
Paper
ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
CAAL162 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description
Brixham Town offers a view of the harbor of the small fishing town Brixham, England with moored sailing vessels in the foreground backdropped by a hillside of houses. Platt was one of the earliest British color woodcut artists who used the Japanese method of printing with water-based inks. For this image, he utilized the Japanese technique of "bokashi", which is done by hand applying a gradation of ink to a moistened printing block. Platt illustrates "Brixham Town" in color (Plate 1) in his book "Colour Woodcuts". He notes about his printing: "Gradations of colour over wide areas are readily produced (note sea in 'Mullion Cove', Plate VI), and have a directness and spontaneity unique to this medium. Enveloping effects of light and atmosphere can be beautifully suggested by these gradations, and the relief of one plane from another (see 'Brixham Town', Plate I, and 'Two Shells', Plate XVIII). The clean-cut character of the flat colour masses leads to a definiteness of form; the gradations provide a gracious element." 
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