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- Object: Blast furnaces
Abstraction of industrial buildings with smoke issuing from chimneys. 1919
Woodcut, on Japan paper, the background hand-coloured in red
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Height: 137 millimetres
Width: 180 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, 'Avant Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960', BMP, 1990, no. 15.
Five Black Country woodcuts are recorded in Barbara Wadsworth's checklist, three of which were reprinted for 'Modern Woodcutters' in 1921. This particular image was exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in 1920, and appears above Arnold Bennett's note introducing the Ovid Press publication of Wadsworth's Black Country drawings in 1920 and as plate 6 in 'Modern Woodcutters'. An impression of one of the other subjects, 'Black Country' (Colnaghi 135), was also printed over an orange background, this time on a coated paper, and there are two further impressions on pink and buff coloured papers. These woodcuts excited particular praise. Herbert Furst in 'The Modern Woodcut' (1924) cited them as an example of "emotional abstraction; the landscape is seen not so much as what it looks like but as what it feels like" (p.174), while Wyndham Lewis also singled them out in his obituary of Wadsworth (reprinted in 'Wyndham Lewis on Art', ed. W.Michel and C.J.Fox, London 1969, p.422).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1990/1 Sept.-Jan., BM, 'Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960', no. 15
2004 Feb-April, London, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 'Blasting the Future:...'
2004 May-July, Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, 'Blasting the Future:...'
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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