Linton- Life in the Collections
5) Der Holzschnitt.
Bielefeld / Leipzig 1905
The book gives a valuable overview of the international development of xylography from medieval times onward. It includes many examples of the American New School and stresses the leading role of Friedrich Juengling in developing a new surface-related kind of reproduction graphic. The author, an influential German art critic, mentions the heated reactions against this new mode of engraving, which was stirred by some conservative members of the craft and finally provoked the breakthrough of the New School with an exhibition in Boston in 1881. The survey ends with an account of the extensive influence of the coloured Japanese woodblock print on artists like Felix Valloton and Emil Orlik and with the awareness that the rise of artistic freedom in woodcut and engraving was due to the new possibilities of photomechanical reproduction technologies. With this thesis, he paved the way for Paul Westheim’s famous Holzschnittbuch, which promoted the new expressionistic woodcut.
J.G. Unger - F.W. Unzelmann
T.Cole - P. Krey