Print made to resemble a wood framed chalk board; dated lower left 1974; at lower right, artist's insignia a capital W within a circle.
Wiley's use of text here confronts the viewer with an age-old aphorism "I hope you learned your lesson," while infusing the work with a sense of irony and humor by creating the illusion of erasure and rewrites giving an instability to what reads as incontrovertible text. Adding an element of self-reference to the work, Wiley leaves the ghost of his birth year, 1937, visible as an erasure at the bottom left of the print.
Print featuring a image of a small boy and a bearded man standing at right near a body of water on left. Small bush at left and trees in the distance.
Already a prolific etcher, Emil Nolde learned the art of woodcut during his brief association with Die Brücke in the years 1906 and 1907. This work from 1906 is part of the artist’s series Märchen (Fairy Tales), made up of ten woodcuts illustrating individual scenes loosely adapted from folk legends, proverbs, and Bavarian glass painting.
In Despair we see an excellent example of Nolde’s early mastery of this print technique. He often incorporated the knots, grains, and inherent imperfections of the wood into his printed works. In this early print we see this impulse not only to make the grain visible but to incorporate it as the basis for the flowing waves of the water, the windblown clouds overhead, and the bent posture of the man at the water’s edge. Further example of his early skill is seen in the bush at the left of the composition, which the artist added using either wood plugs or putty to fill in a previously carved area. The addition creates a formal delineation between foreground and background, giving the entire work a depth it would not otherwise possess.
Signed in design at lower right: JAMES H DAUGHERTY (underlined) Monogram of the Department of Pictorial Publicity at the lower right corner in the design. Publisher's mark at the lower left corner: FORBES / BOSTON
Signed and dated in graphite, l.r.: M. Pechstein 06. Inscribed in graphite, l.l.: Am Wasser Inscribed in graphite, l.l., above collector's mark, "1102"?; LC: "C2 084"; LR corner: "2". Verso, inscribed in graphite, LC: "APG 10417"; LR: "LS". Blind stamp, l.l.: (coat of arms with castle flanked HN, surmounted by a tobacco bush (colletor's mark of Heinrich Neuerburg; Lugt 1344a)
Print depicting two nude males crouching with their back to the viewer while looking out over a body of water
The Expressionist artist Max Pechstein made this woodcut during his years in Dresdan while he was a member of the Brücke group in 1907 (the date 1906 on certain impressions has been thought incorrect). Pechstein's long, curving cuts on the wood block smooth out the anatomy of these crouching male bathers and throw their physiques, sharply illuminated from the left, into stark relief.
Signed, dated, and inscribed on verso, u.r.: Experiment of Colors (La Chine mount)/Given to Miss H. Pettigrew/Aug 18th 1900/Theodore Roussel; Inscribed verso, u.c.: Price in 1902 717 Collector's stamp in purple ink, u.c.; Inscribed on mat, l.l.: Given to Miss Hetty Pettigrew; Inscribed on mat, l.r.: Th. Roussel/Experiment of Color/La Chine-mount.