Brown Forest

Brown Forest

1965

Fred Becker

(American, 1913-)

Color woodcut

Support: Basenwerk Parchment wove paper

Sheet: 88.8 x 66.1 cm (34 15/16 x 26 in.); Image: 76.2 x 60.9 cm (30 x 24 in.)

Gift of various donors to the department of Prints and Drawings 2002.76

Description

The Abstract Expressionists, like the Surrealists, rejected the limited perceptions of rational thought and used automatism: marks are made by moving the hand rapidly and uncontrollably to produce images which emerge directly from the unconscious mind. Abstract Expressionists made art intuitively; their works record the spontaneous gestures of an arm moving across a canvas or sheet of paper.

Many of the Abstract Expressionists made prints. Since a block of wood can be carved freely, woodcut was often used to obtain dynamic images which have a startling immediacy and reveal the process of their creation. The compositions are vigorous and animated, covering the entire sheet, so that the eye travels continuously over the surface.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Woodcut
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Color woodcut

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