The Long Wave

B. J. O. Nordfeldt American, born Sweden

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690

Nordfeldt was one of the first American artists to practice the color-woodcut technique derived from Japanese methods. After observing how French printmakers were inspired by Japanese woodblock prints while in Paris for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, he went to England to train with Frank Morley Fletcher, the first British practitioner of the medium. The process involved designing separate blocks for the line and for each color, which were then printed one on top of the other. Both artists used watercolor pigments to achieve the subtle wash effects, particularly suitable for this view of waves rolling gently toward shore.

The Long Wave, B. J. O. Nordfeldt (American (born Sweden), Jonstorp 1878–1955 Santa Fe, New Mexico), Color woodcut

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