Color woodcut printed from 12 blocks
Support: Japanese laid tissue
Sheet: 35 x 52.2 cm (13 3/4 x 20 9/16 in.); Image: 23 x 35.1 cm (9 1/16 x 13 13/16 in.)
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 2004.16
Catalogue raisonné: Fields, p. 82, XXXIX; Sueur-Hermel 60
This print belongs to a series made after one of Henri Rivière’s many trips to the rural French coast in Brittany. The subject and flattened perspective of the image, which depicts sailors preparing to harvest fish, were deeply influenced by Japanese woodblock prints. Rivière deliberately emulated the techniques of these works, carving individual blocks for each color that were carefully aligned and separately printed using traditional Japanese tools. Because of this work’s especially complicated composition and color palette, its creation required a total of 12 blocks.
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