Color woodcut on Japanese paper
Support: Japanese paper
Image: 14.6 x 10.1 cm (5 3/4 x 4 in.); Sheet: 17.6 x 13.4 cm (6 15/16 x 5 1/4 in.)
Gift of James and Hanna Bartlett 2018.1070
Dow inked his woodblock with different colors each time he printed, resulting in unique variations of the same image.
The American artist Arthur Wesley Dow was an influential teacher, emphasizing the study of line, color, and form rather than direct observation from nature. Works such as this print, which depicts an abandoned rowboat, were inspired by Dow’s admiration for the flattened style of Japanese prints. He experimented by inking his woodblock with different combinations of color, often resulting in virtually unique impressions.
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