Lunchtime Talk: Nature in Black and White
- Thursday 18 October 2012 1:00pm - 1:45pm
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Join Dr Clare Griffiths from the University of Sheffield for a talk on 20th-century English printmakers and the landscapes that inspired them.
The early twentieth century witnessed a surprising revival: the growth in popularity and significance of wood engraving as an art form. Within the subject matter chosen by these printmakers, visions of nature and landscape were often prominent. Artists explored a world in black and white, from tiny, highly-detailed studies of botanical specimens, to scenes from their own gardens and depictions of the open countryside.
Some of these printmakers were also painters, better known for working in oil and watercolour, like Paul Nash and Eric Ravilious. Others specialised in wood engraving, including a number of notable women artists, such as Clare Leighton, Agnes Miller-Parker and Gwendolen Raverat. With some examples drawn from the collections in Sheffield, this talk will examine the images produced by English wood engravers, discussing their context within the development of modern engraving, the world of book illustration, and representations of landscape in twentieth-century art.