Limited Edition: 50 Prints
Image size: 4″ x 6″
Paper size: 6″ x 8″
Medium: Wood Engraving
Material: Resingrave Block
Paper: Acid-free Arches Text Wove
Inks: Gamblin Oil-based Relief Ink, Prussian Blue
By Alexia Rostow, 2009-2011
“Nouveau Peacock” was inspired by the Art Nouveau and Japonism movements. Japonism was a popular art movement among Impressionists and other artists working during the 1880′s-1905 when Art Nouveau was popular. In 1890 the École des Beaux-Arts featured a survey exhibition on the history of Japanese woodblock prints. Many artists, including Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), and James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), were profoundly inspired by these prints and began to incorporate elements of East Asian art into their works. This trend proliferated and continues today. The cherry blossom tree in the background of this piece pays homage to the Japonism movement. The print’s border is based off a Pencraft Ornamental Border design that I discovered in a 1925 Type Specimen Book. The rest of the image was designed around the border. The peacock is stylized, stressing flowing, curvilinear lines.
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