Paul Landacre, American, 1893 - 1963
Wood engraving on Japanese laid paper
Block: 7 15/16 × 10 3/16 in. (20.1 × 25.9 cm)
Sheet: 10 5/8 × 15 15/16 in. (27 × 40.5 cm)
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through a bequest from Philip H. Greene
Place Made: United States, North America
Not on view
Signed, in graphite, lower right below image: Paul Landacre; titled and inscribed, in graphite, lower left below image: 44/60 Storm; inscribed, in red pencil, lower right: [petrel design]
The consummate skill of master wood engraver Paul Landacre is on full display in this depiction of a storm. Rain lashes down from heavy clouds, driven by wind into a series of fine parallel lines. The same gale bends the tree into a semicircle, its form carefully mirrored in the arcing waves below. Reducing the landscape to geometric forms, Landacre’s graphic style intimately evokes the tumult of a raging thunderstorm.
From the 2022 exhibition This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art; Barbara J. MacAdam, former Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art; Thomas H. Price, former Curatorial Assistant; Morgan E. Freeman, former DAMLI Native American Art Fellow; and Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art
This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 20- July 24, 2022.
Private collection; sold to Catherine Burns Fine Art, Berkeley, California; sold to present collection, 2019.
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