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Waldo S. Chase, (American, 1895-1988)

The Nomad

Color woodblock print. Titled in ink at lower left, Nomad, and signed and dated at right, Waldo S. Chase '32. Self-carved and self-printed by the artist (perhaps with his brother, W. Corwin Chase), ca. 1932.

36.4 by 22.8 cm

Reference: Kreisman and Mason, The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest, 2007, pp. 306-307

Waldo S. Chase, and his brother, Wendell Corwin Chase (1897-1988), were born and raised in Seattle, Washington. The brothers, both painters, began experimenting with woodblock prints in the summer of 1924, and continued to produce prints for approximately ten years. They claimed to have taught themselves color woodblock printing with the help of Frank Morley Fletcher's manual, Woodblock Printing by the Japanese Method published in 1916, but they also received some instruction from the renowned Japanese printmaker (artist and carver) Kazue Yamagishi (ca. 1893-1966) who visited Seattle in 1927.

The brothers were rather eccentric, living and working out of teepees of their own design in the 1920's in the areas of Mount Rainier and the Cascade Range, Hood Canal in the South Puget Sound region, and Lake Washington in Seattle.


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