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- Object: Riponelli: a village in Lemnos
Abstraction of buildings. 1917
Woodcut, printed in light and dark grey and black
- Production date
Height: 101 millimetres
Width: 74 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, 'Avant Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960', BMP, 1990, no. 7.
See also 2004,0602.152 for an impression printed in a different colour scheme, using black, grey and violet on grey paper.
Seven colour variants of 'Riponelli' on grey, buff and off-white papers belonging to the Anthony d'Offay Gallery were exhibited in the 1989 retrospective. The structure of the image is reminiscent of an earlier woodcut, 'Yorkshire Village' (1914), which Richard Cork has compared with the Horta de San Juan landscapes by Picasso or Derain's view of 'Cadaqués' (1910). Wadsworth himself clearly perceived the similarity between Picasso's work and the hill villages of Yorkshire, for in a letter of July 1915 to Wyndham Lewis he described Hebden Bridge as "a most inspiring place - like an early Picasso drawing come true" (B. Wadsworth, p.68).
The vibrant orange and purple used for one of the variants recall Lewis's comments in a letter to Ezra Pound of August 1916: "I have received a letter from my naval colleague at Mudros, who is surrounded by warships and volcanoes he tells me. Such propinquity, and the seclusion of this island office should in the end produce a furtive woodcut or two, painted in "romantic reds'" ('The Letters of Wyndham Lewis', ed. W.K.Rose, London 1963, p.84).
The Victoria and Albert Museum's impression of this image is inscribed 'Mudros', which is not the title but, as in the following print, simply signifies where Wadsworth executed his design.
See: The Apple of Beauty and Discord, 1920 First Quarter, p.26
Information from Martin Hopkinson 2010
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1990/1 Sept. - Jan., BM, 'Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960', no. 7
2017 10 Feb-19 May, San Diego, University of San Diego, British Modern Prints from the British Museum: from the Great War to the Grosvenor School
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- Prints and Drawings
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