Mar 26, 2012


The Female Figure



Karl F. Struss

(American, 1886–1981)

Four-color relief halftone made from Hicrome negative on embossed paper

Paper: 22.3 x 15.6 cm (8 3/4 x 6 1/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

Gift of Dr. Stephen Nicholas 2011.367



Photographer Karl F. Struss was a relentless experimenter. This diminutive work, representing one of his experiments with color photography, led Struss to print with four colors to approximate a realistic color spectrum. Typically in printmaking, a separate printing plate and an extra trip through the press are necessary for each color. This limits the range of colors one can achieve economically. The development of the halftone allowed Struss to create multiple photorelief plates of the same image, each adjusted to a different color range. When printed one over another, the distinctive colors combine in precise amounts to create the illusion of a full-color image.

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