An exhibition modern woodcuts is now being held in the Fogg Art Museum, and will continue until December 23. A few earlier cuts by well known artists are included to give an idea of the historical background of the modern work.
Among the earlier cuts are a few from the 16th century by Durer and Holbein. The work of Durer is represented by the "St. Michael" from the "Apocalypse" series and by two examples from the "Life of the Virgin" series. Holbein is represented by a series of cuts called "The Dance of Death." The Fogg Museum is the possessor of one of the six known complete sets of the proofs of this series. There is also an exhibition a first edition of Holbein's book, "Los Simulachres at Histories Faces do la Mort," which is lent to the museum by Philip Hofer '21
Thomas Bewick, the teacher of Blake, is represented by his cuts in "British Birds," a book printed in 1707 in New castle. Woodcutting in the early nineteenth century us shown by the large tenth century is shown by the large "Der Tod als Freund" by Alfred Rethel.
The rise of the modern woodcut dates from 1898, the year of the "First Exhibition of Original Wood--Engraving" in London. Two of the artists in that exhibition are now represented in the present exhibition, Lucien Pissaro, with a portrait of his father, Camille, a gift of H. S. Bowers '00, and William Nicholson with a decorative print, "Horse Race." Nicholson in this cut shows a daring use of solid blacks offset with buff and touches of other colors.
Among the younger group of woodengravers, Margaret Haythorne is represented by "Gethsemane." The German H. Kruse's color--print, "Die Blumenkrone," and the "Pieta" a color print by Louis Jou are noteworthy in their class. The "Pieta " of Gwendolen Raverat, the gift of H. S. Bowers '00. is similar to the paintings of the Avignon school in its deliberate stylization. "The Pilot," a linoleum cut by Marion Richardson, an American contemporary, is a portrayal of Christ as a helmsman.