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Nov. 1, 2021

s2e6 History of Prints Techniques: Relief

s2e6 History of Prints Techniques: Relief

All about relief printmaking techniques and how woodcuts and linoleum cuts are made

In series 2 episode 6, co-hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig discuss relief printmaking techniques, which include woodcuts and linoleum cuts. They also talk about reduction woodcuts, aka suicide woodcuts.

Images related to the episode are below along with their credit/institution.

Episode image: Tru Ludwig carving a woodblock. Photo by Scott Ponemone.

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528). The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, from the series The Apocalypse, 1498. Woodcut. Sheet: 393 x 285 mm. (15 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.). Baltimore Museum of Art.

Asa Cheffetz (American, 1896-1965). On a Lee Shore, c. 1934. Wood engraving. Sheet: 205 x 132 mm. (8 1/16 x 5 3/16 in.). Baltimore Museum of Art.

Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867-1945). The Widow II (Die Witwe II), plate 5 from the series War (Krieg), 1922. Woodcut. Image: 11 13/16 x 20 7/8 in. (300 x 530 mm.); sheet: 18 3/4 x 25 15/16 in. (477 x 659 mm.). Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000). Hanged Man, 1955. Woodcut. Sheet: 78 x 36 in. (198 x 914 mm.). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Sybil Andrews (British/Canadian, 1898-1992). Speedway, 1934. Linoleum cut printed in raw sienna, venetian red, permanent blue and Chinese blue. Image 326 x 233 mm. (12 7/8 x 9 ¼ in.); sheet 371 x 266 mm. (14 5/8 x 10 ½ in.). Bonhams.

Don Gorvett (American, born 1949). Twilight, Portsmouth’s Finest Hour, Too, 2013. Reduction woodcut. Sheet: 29 x 44 in. Don Gorvett Gallery, Portsmouth, NH. 

Polly Apfelbaum (American, born 1955). Love Alley, 2011. Woodblock. Sheet: 32 x 68 in. (81.3 x 172.7 cm.) Durham Press, Durham, PA.


Platemark is produced by Ann Shafer
Series one co-host: Ben Levy
Series two co-host: Tru Ludwig
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