Ipswich Town, or Harbor Scene

Arthur Wesley Dow American

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Part of a series titled "Along Ipswich River," this upright composition echoes Japanese pillar prints and reflects the artist's study of Hokusai and Hiroshige. Dow was one of the first Americans to master Japanese woodblock printing techniques, wedding an admiration for Oriental aesthetics with an English Arts and Crafts sensibility. He called his woodcuts "color themes," and they demonstrate his devotion to Eastern concepts of line, color, and notan–the balance of light and dark. He executed the entire printmaking process by hand, carving and inking the blocks and then printing them sequentially on damp mulberry paper. In this case he did not use a linear key block to pull elements together but evokes landscape forms by juxtaposing color shapes.

Ipswich Town, or Harbor Scene, Arthur Wesley Dow (American, Ipswich, Massachusetts 1857–1922 New York State), Color woodcut on paper stained green

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