Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Discovering Antonio Frasconi, Woodcut Artist

Sometimes you only discover an artist when their death is announced, especially if they have lived to the impressive age of 93, as American (and Uruguayan) woodcut artist Antonio Frasconi did. His style is familiar, probably because he illustrated more than a hundred books, but I didn't know his name until today, when The New York Times published his obituary. Being in a position of almost complete ignorance I can't really add anything, except to say that his work is stunning. The indefatigable Chris Mullen has some lovely examples on his website, like the one above.

If you're unsure of the difference between a woodcut and a wood engraving, there's a straightforward explanation here.

After the Rain II, 1969, available here

Day and Night, 1952, available here

The Bull, from World Turned Upside Down, 1952 - available here

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