Color woodcut on Chinese paper
Support: Chinese paper
Image: 10.5 x 4.7 cm (4 1/8 x 1 7/8 in.); Sheet: 23.6 x 15.9 cm (9 5/16 x 6 1/4 in.)
Gift of James and Hanna Bartlett 2018.1072
This print was reproduced as an illustration for a short story published in a 1922 issue of the avant-garde journal Broom.
The American artist Max Weber was deeply influenced by non-Western art, including African masks that he viewed at Parisian museums and Japanese prints, which he learned about as a student. Around 1919, he began to combine these interests in a series of relief prints, such as the one seen here. Weber deconstructed the human figure into component parts, emphasizing its simplicity and geometry.
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