Breaking Waves

Claude Flight British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690

In this print, Flight conveys the swelling momentum and churning energy of waves breaking with bold geometric forms. Like the Futurists and Vorticists before him, Flight sought to express the dynamism of life in motion through an abstracted visual language. The artist championed the medium of linocut, a relief-printmaking technique that utilized linoleum as an inexpensive, modern alternative to wood that was easier to carve and produced similar flat planes of color.

Breaking Waves, Claude Flight (British, 1881–1955), Linocut

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