highlights international perspective

Hugo Noske, (Austrian, 1886-1960)

Wind Blown Trees

Color woodblock printed on fine laid paper. Signed in pencil at lower right, Noske, ca. 1925.

31.8 by 38.9 cm

By the 1920's woodblock printmaking was quite popular in America and Europe; it had become a favorite medium for many artists as the mysteries of the process were unraveled in several publications over the previous two decades. Artists found new ways to embrace the medium and exploit its possibilities. By this time, much like in Japan, there were some artists who tried to print in a manner that mimicked the refined Japanese style (in subject and technique), while others (many more), printed in a loose, expressionistic way. And yet nearly all (with the exception of the artists in Japan who worked with Japanese publishers), had to self-carve and self-print. While we are reasonably well aware of the development of woodblock printmaking in America and Britain (in a large part thanks to our shared language), clearly, the medium was thriving on the continent as well.

This print, like the one before it, is by an Austrian artist whose work is not often found on the market. By necessity, self-carved and self-printed works tended to be issued in relatively small editions, due to the time-consuming nature of producing woodblock prints. Given the large physical size of both works, which would have been even more challenging to handle during printing, the editions for these prints were surely extremely small.


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