Eizabeth Colwell Color Woodcut, Arts and Crafts Sailboat

Elizabeth COLWELL
Date
1907
Description

An early, stylized arts and crafts woodcut or linocut of a sailboat on thin Japan paper by the important Chicago artist, Elizabeth Colwell. Inscribed in pencil in the lower margin "Elizabeth Colwell 1907." Condition is good only - as visible in the photos. There is light toning and staining, mostly in the margins, but also visible in the image. But rare and early.

M. Elizabeth Colwell (May 24, 1881 – 1954) was an American printmaker, typographer, and writer, born in Michigan, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago under John Vanderpoel and Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt, the latter of whom instructed her in the art of Japanese woodblock printing. Also gained recognition as a type designer, one of the first women in the field. She was associated with the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s, exhibited widely throughout her career, and was a member of the Chicago Society of Artists and the Chicago and New York Societies of Etchers.

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