Homage to Monet – Seven Fragment of Compositions by Claude Monet
Homage to Monet – Seven Fragment of Compositions by Claude Monet is a suite of seven color woodcuts, created in 1988, by American artist Micah Schwaberow (born 1948). Each one of the color woodcuts is pencil signed, titled, dated, and editioned 41/66. The woodcuts included are Field of Oats, Bennecourt, Branch of the Seine, Near Giverny, Fields of Poppies, Five Poplars, and Port-Villez. Each woodcut was printed by the artist on wove paper and the images measure 3 x 3 inches.
The suite, Homage to Monet – Seven Fragment of Compositions by Claude Monet, is accompanied with a typeset broadside that states: “Homage to Monet / Seven Fragments / of / Compositions / by / Claude Monet / as Performed on the woodblocks by Micah Schwaberow.” The individual woodcuts are matted in two-ply matts and housed in a folding, gray cloth portfolio.
Micah Schwaberow, printmaker, painter and sculptor, was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1948. He studied painting with Maurice Lapp and printmaking with Elizabeth Quandt at the Santa Rosa Junior College in California. In 1981, he spent a month in Miasa, Japan studying traditional woodblock printing and, in 1982, he spent most of the year in Nagai, Japan studying with the Japanese master, Toshi Yoshida, and his master carvers and printers. In September of that year, he was an assistant for his teacher during a three-week woodblock course for foreigners.
Schwaberow has given demonstrations at the University of California Berkeley and at Mills College in Oakland. He produced a number of boxed suites of color woodcuts, including Tuolumne, Book I, which won first prize in a national competition to commemorate Yosemite National Park. In addition to his prints, Schwaberow has included a sculptural element to his list of aesthetic endeavors, creating gourd vessels echoing the figures of birds and landscapes.
Micah Schwaberow’s work is represented in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His color woodcut, Morning Mist, Heath Township, was the 2009 Presentation Print of the Cleveland Print Club.