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- Object: The open window
Abstract, geometric composition with chequered effect. c.1914
Colour woodcut in blue, black and grey-brown, on grey paper
- Production date
Height: 161 millimetres
Width: 109 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, 'Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960', BMP, 1990, no. 1:
There are more surviving impressions of this print than of any other Vorticist woodcut by Wadsworth except 1924,0209.145, and there are at least six colour variants. None is dated, but the print has been ascribed to 1914 on stylistic grounds. Moreover, in the 1919 Adelphi catalogue it does not come among the first group described as having been produced before the war, but at the end of the list with two other prints known to have been executed in 1914-15. Richard Cork convincingly relates Wadsworth's treatment of the subject to a composition like Robert Delaunay's painting 'Window on the City No. 4' (1910-11), which Wadsworth probably knew in reproduction ('Vorticism and Abstract Art in the First Machine Age', pp.355-6).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1990/1 Sept - Jan, BM 'Avant-Garde British printmaking 1914-1960', cat.1
2008 Jan-June, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 'Rhythms of Modern Life...'
2008 Sep-Dec, New York, Met Mus of Art, 'Rhythms of Modern Life...'
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from the exhibition 'British Printmakers 1812-1940', Dec. 1979.
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