May 16, 2013

Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita


Worden Day

(American, 1912–1986)

Color etching, woodcut, and stencil

Support: Laid paper

Sheet: 42.7 x 48.5 cm (16 13/16 x 19 1/8 in.); Image: 35 x 42.8 cm (13 3/4 x 16 7/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1998.45

State: 7/16



Day enjoyed a long association with Atelier 17 in both New York and Paris; during the early 1950s, the studio hired her to teach a course in color woodcut. Her exceedingly imaginative prints inspired by nature, such as Terra Incognita, rank among the most innovative of the era. Here, multiple printmaking processes are evident, including black lines made by engraving and blue areas created by stenciling. Most unusual is the pink-brown background, which she made by inking a scavenged wood plank.

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PR - Etching
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