Color woodcut on Japanese paper
Image: 27.4 x 22.7 cm (10 13/16 x 8 15/16 in.); Sheet: 46 x 35.7 cm (18 1/8 x 14 1/16 in.)
Gift of James and Hanna Bartlett 2018.1077
Hewit may have learned about color woodblock prints through an exhibition of these works held at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1920.
This print was made using a technique called white-line woodcut, in which black outlines are replaced by un-inked areas where the paper’s tone shows through. Cleveland-based artist Mabel Hewit worked prolifically in this medium, using it to depict aspects of modern life. Here, men and women rush down a city street holding umbrellas to avoid rain—represented in the image through repeated diagonals.
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