The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 25, 2017

Vacation Photographers, 1954

color woodcut, Sheet: 40.5 x 30.3 cm (15 15/16 x 11 7/8 in); Image: 29.7 x 24 cm (11 11/16 x 9 7/16 in). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Jurey in memory of Mabel A. Hewit 2004.194

The strong light of southern venues changed Hewit’s palette. While the bright red on the roof in Vacation Photographers transmits the warmth of a hot sun, the large patch of lavender in the sky and other pastel hues signify a new direction.

Although Hewit did transfer scale drawings to blocks using tracing paper--as she did when making the lithograph Old Man--sometimes she drew directly onto the woodblock. Uncut graphite lines on the block for Vacation Photographers were transferred to the paper during the printing process and can be seen in the light green foliage in the middle foreground.

lower left, in graphite: Vacation Photographers; lower center, in graphite: 10/2/54 ED. 10; lower right, in graphite: Mabel A. Hewit; lower right, in graphite: #1; lower right corner, in graphite: 71

CMA, June 26, 2010 - October 24, 2010: "Midwest Modern: The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewit," exhibited in the Prints and Drawings Exhibition gallery.

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