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New Additions: Matt Brown Color Woodcuts

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NEW ADDITIONSContemporary printmaker Matt Brown dropped off more prints at The Old Print Gallery last week, and we are very excited by his new work. Brown works in the traditional Japanese hanga method to create his stunning color landscapes- cutting and inking a different block for each color used in his prints.

“I love the process of making these prints: the way pictorial simplicity is encouraged, the way an image is separated into parts and put back together, the way the translucent colors blend and juxtapose, the way the wood interacts with the paper.”- Matt Brown

Below Mt. Pemigewasset. Matt Brown. Color woodblock print, 2012. Edition 300. Second state. Image size 16 3/4 x 7 inches.

Below Mt. Pemigewasset. Matt Brown. Color woodblock print, 2012. Edition 300. Second state. Image size 16 3/4 x 7 inches.

Pemaquid from Little Thumcap. Color woodblock print, 2013. Edition 300. Image size 6 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches.

Pemaquid from Little Thumcap. Color woodblock print, 2013. Edition 300. Image size 6 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches.

Kearsarge from Eagle Pond. Matt Brown. Color woodblock print, 2015. Edition 300. Image size 16 1/2 x 7 inches.

Kearsarge from Eagle Pond. Matt Brown. Color woodblock print, 2015. Edition 300. Image size 16 1/2 x 7 inches.

Waves on Little Thrumcap. Matt Brown. Color woodblock print, 2015. Edition 300. Image size 7 x 16 5/8 inches.

Waves on Little Thrumcap. Matt Brown. Color woodblock print, 2015. Edition 300. Image size 7 x 16 5/8 inches.

December Afternoon - Stowe, Vt. Matt Brown. Color woodblock print, 2012. Edition 300. Image size 7 x 16 1/8 inches.

December Afternoon – Stowe, Vt. Matt Brown. Color woodblock print, 2012. Edition 300. Image size 7 x 16 1/8 inches.

Evening at Lake Winnipesaukee. Color woodblock print, 2014. Edition 300. Image size 16 1/2 x 7 inches.

Evening at Lake Winnipesaukee. Color woodblock print, 2014. Edition 300. Image size 16 1/2 x 7 inches.

Mt. Washington from Little Haystack. Matt Brown. Color woodcut print, 2014. Edition 300. 15 7/8 x 7 inches.

Mt. Washington from Little Haystack. Matt Brown. Color woodcut print, 2014. Edition 300. 15 7/8 x 7 inches.

Sunlight and Squam Lake. Matt Brown. Color woodcut print, 2015. Edition 300. Image size 16 1/8 x 7 inches.

Sunlight and Squam Lake. Matt Brown. Color woodcut print, 2015. Edition 300. Image size 16 1/8 x 7 inches.

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New Additions: Map of the Central Pacific Railroad

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe just added a scarce, early printing of a map showing the recently completed Trans-Continental Railroad, or the combined Union and Central Pacific Railroads, to our ever-growing map inventory. The map, a wood block engraving, was published by the California Mail Bag on August 1, 1871, just shortly after the driving of the “Golden Spike” in 1869.

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections. Published by the California Mail Bag, August 1, 1871. Wood block engraving, 1871. Image size 12 7/8 x 35 3/8

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections. Published by the California Mail Bag, August 1, 1871. Wood block engraving, 1871. Image size 12 7/8 x 35 3/8″ (32.7 x 89.8 cm) plus margins. Good condition. LINK.

The map shows an area from Chicago to San Francisco and from Madison, Wisconsin southward to Cairo, Illinois. It also notes the Utah Central Railroad, Ogden to Salt Lake City; Denver Pacific Railroad, Cheyenne to Denver; Kansas Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad, Oregon Division.

The map is surrounded by 24 illustrations of various scenes of California and Nevada, including views of Cape Horn, the Sierras, Anderson Valley, as well as mining scenes and illustrations of the railroad tracks and tunnels. A number of the illustrations are based on photographs by 19th century artist Carleton Watkins.

(Detail of) Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections. LINK.

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections.
Detail of smaller illustrations surrounding map.
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On the verso are timetables, as well as advertisements for stage and maritime shipping lines. Also shown on the verso is small map entitled “Map of the Rail & State Route to Big Tree Groves and Yosemite.”

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections.  Detail of Map of on verso, Map of the Rail & State Route to Big Tree Groves and Yosemite.  LINK

Map of the Central Pacific Railroad and its Connections.
Detail of map on verso, “Map of the Rail & State Route to Big Tree Groves and Yosemite.” 
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This would make a great addition to any map collection, whether you’re a railroad buff, interested in our nation’s westward expansion, or a collector of 19th century woodblock maps.

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2015 Capital Art Fair

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The Old Print Gallery will be exhibiting at this year’s Capital Art Fair. This print-based fair is in its thirty-fifth year of bringing collectible and desirable art to the Washington, DC area. This year, the fair boasts over 20 distinguished art dealers from across the United States, with original prints, paintings, drawings, and photographs that span over 500 years of creative expression, offering an impressive and expansive selection to any collector.

The Old Print Gallery will be bringing selected prints from our extensive collection of 20th century and contemporary prints, including contemporary works by local DC and regional artists Susan Goldman, Philip Bennet, Heather McMordie, Jake Muirhead, Matt Brown, and Eric Goldberg, as well as international printmakers Karima Muyaes, Nancy Previs, and Cleo Wilkinson.

Dates:

  • Saturday, March 21, 2015: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday, March 22, 2015: 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: The Fair is held at the Holiday Inn-Rosslyn Westpark Hotel, located at 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209– just a short walk over the Key Bridge from our Georgetown gallery. Click here for directions.

Tickets: Tickets are $10 at the door, but you can also sign-up for free at the Capital Art Fair website, www.capitalartprintfair.com/tickets/.

We would love to see you at the fair, and encourage you to attend.  If there are any prints, printmakers, or specific works you would like to see, please make sure to contact us via email or by phone at (202) 965-1818 prior to the event, so we can be sure to bring them to the Fair.

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Pemaquid from Little Thumcap. Matt Brown. Color woodblock print, 2013. Image size 6 3/4 x 16 1/2″. Ed. 300. LINK.

 

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Washington Post Review of “Ink & Grain”

Head of a Traveler. By Adja Yunkers. Color woodcut,  1952.  Image size 13 1/2 x 9 1/2". LINK.

Head of a Traveler. By Adja Yunkers. Color woodcut, 1952. Image size 13 1/2 x 9 1/2″. LINK.

Mark Jenkins, arts writer for The Washington Post, featured our woodcut and wood engraving show, Ink & Grain,  in his most recent column. Follow the link below to read his article, and make sure to stop by the gallery before November 15th to see the show in person.

Mark Jenkin’s Ink & Grain review in The Washington Post, 10/31/14.

(Quick note: Our exhibit  is the last show reviewed, so it does take some scrolling to get to the write up on Ink & Grain).

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Luigi Rist

Grapes. By Luigi Rist. Color woodblock, 1943. Image size 7 5/8 x 9 1/4 inches. LINK.

Known for his unique and complex approach to printmaking, Luigi Rist (1888-1951) was a lifelong resident of Newark, NJ and started his art career as a painter. At the age of 41, while in Brittany monitoring for painter Sigurd Skou, he met Morris Blackburn, a Philadelphia painter who became a lifelong friend. The two visited an exhibition of Japanese woodcuts in New York, where Rist became fascinated by the medium. By the age of 53, he had immersed himself in the exploration of Japanese woodblock creation and manipulation. Through experimentation, Rist developed his own tools and techniques, using multiple blocks and numerous layers of color to produce prints in which still lifes become almost abstract forms, defined by the subtle nuances and brilliance of his color application.

Photocopy of  a handwritten  "Forbidden Fruit" printing "flow sheets", which documents the day-by-day account of the 50 steps needed to produce the print from 10 blocks. Image source from www.luigirist.com.

Photocopy of a handwritten Forbidden Fruit printing “flow charts”, which documents the day-by-day account of the 50 steps needed to produce the print from 10 blocks. Image source from www.luigirist.com.

His exacting methods were well documented in his copious working notes. Written on lined legal pads, his notes helped him navigate the dizzying number of woodblocks used in each print. Sometimes Rist used up to 16 cherry-wood blocks (8 blocks carved on each side) for one image. Because Rist’s prints required between 50 and 100 impressions to make a finished print (different sections of one block were used for different colors, and frequent overprinting was done to build up color), his notes were a way to recreate each print in the edition. Rist would also create his own color flow charts.

The key to Rist’s stunning color lay in the use of rice paste, a mixture of fine rice flour and hot water, mixed together on a double-boiler. Rist would mix-up a fresh batch of rice paste every morning. He would then weigh out powdered pigment, slowly adding water to create  his inks, making sure his “mixture was the consistency of heavy cream. Using a flat stick, a dab of the rice paste was applied to the area of the block to be printed; with a soft Japanese brush the creamy pigment was also applied to the block, and the paste and pigment were blended with the brush on the block itself. The type of brush used, the direction of the stroke, all made for different effects. The addition of the paste changed the character of the color from a granular or matte finish to one more brilliant.” (For more on his technique and invented tools, please read Luigi Rist: Printmaker in Japanese Tradition by Barbara Whipple.)

Both Grapes and Pears are in our current exhibit, Ink & Grain, on the OPG gallery walls. Stop by our Georgetown gallery before November 15th to see the show in person.

Pears. By Luigi Rist. Color woodblock, 1948. Image size 8 7/8 x 7 1/16 inches. LINK.

Pears. By Luigi Rist. Color woodblock, 1948. Image size 8 7/8 x 7 1/16 inches. LINK.

 

 

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