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Nason: Upland Pastures

Presentation Prints from the Woodcut Society


The Woodcut Society was established in 1932 by print enthusiast Alfred Fowler to promote the appreciation of woodcuts and help provide opportunities for American woodcut artists. The society issued 44 prints between 1932 and 1954, some by the best artists of the period. Standard editions of 200 were issued in letter-press printed paper folios alongside an artist's foreword or critic's essay.

NOTE: Numbers refer to order in which prints were issued by the society. Unless otherwise noted, prints were issued in editions of 200.


Lewis: St Francis preaching to the birds
Allen Lewis. "St. Francis Preaching to the Birds." Chiaroscuro woodcut. 9 5/8 x 6 7/8. Kansas City: The Woodcut Society, 1933. #3. 87/200. Torch Press, Cedar Rapids. Printed on (not mounted in) folder; particularly elaborate, three-color typesetting. Artist essay: "Personal Thoughts on Picture Analysis." Signed in pencil. $600




Nason: Upland Pastures
Thomas W. Nason. "Upland Pastures." Woodcut. 3 1/2 x 7 1/2. Kansas City: The Woodcut Society, 1934. #5. 89/200. Torch Press, Cedar Rapids. Essay by John Taylor Arms. Signed, numbered in pencil. $475




Wheete: Manuel of Tesuque
Treva Wheete. "Manuel of Tesuque." Color woodcut. 10 x 8. Kansas City: The Woodcut Society, 1935. #8. 164/200. Torch Press, Cedar Rapids. Essay by Gardner Tall. Signed, dated, titled, numbered in pencil. Denver. $400




Nason: Morning
Thomas W. Nason. "Morning." Wood engraving. 5 x 8. Kansas City: The Woodcut Society, 1937. #11. 76/200. Torch Press, Cedar Rapids. Artist's foreword. Signed, dated in plate; signed in pencil. $450




Leighton: Winnowers, Majorca
Clare Leighton. "Winnowers, Majorca." Wood engraving. 6 x 7 3/4. Kansas City: The Woodcut Society, 1939. #15. Torch Press, Cedar Rapids. Artist's foreword. Signed, titled, numbered in pencil. $950



Cook: Eagle Dance
Howard Cook. "Eagle Dance." Wood engraving. 10 x 8. Kansas City: Woodcut Society, 1942. #21. Torch Press, Cedar Rapids. Essay by Paul Horgan. Signed, dated in pencil. Denver. $2,400



Lewis: Twilight Toil
Allen Lewis. "Twilight Toil." Color woodcut. 10 x 7. The Woodcut Society, 1943. #23. Torch Press, Cedar Rapids. Artist's foreword. Signed in pencil. $650



Baumann: Cordova Plaza
Gustave Baumann. "Cordova Plaza." Color woodcut. 7 7/8 x 8. The Woodcut Society, 1943. #24. Essay by George William Eggers. Removed from folder. Folder accompanies but has been dissected. Signed and titled in pencil. Denver. $5,500



Simon: Rhythms of Men in the Wilderness
Howard Simon. "Rhythms of Men in the Wilderness." Wood engraving. 6 7/8 x 7 1/8. New York: The Woodcut Society, 1948. #33. Artist's foreword. Signed in pencil. $750



Ward: Undercliff
Lynd Ward. "Undercliff." Wood engraving. 8 x 6. New York: The Woodcut Society. #34. James D. Havens (1900-1960). Artist's foreword. Signed, dated in pencil. $450



Neumann: The 4 Net Menders
Robert von Neumann. "The Four Net Menders." Woodcut. 11 x 8 1/4. New York: The Woodcut Society, 1950. #37. The Spiral Press, New York. On Japanese Goga paper. Artist's foreword. Signed, titled in pencil. $450



Mead: Bird of Prey
Roderick Mead. "Bird of Prey." Wood engraving. 8 x 10. New York: The Woodcut Society, 1950. #38. The Spiral Press, New York. Signed in plate, signed in pencil. $350



Kent: Queer House
Norman Kent. "Queer House." Woodcut. 7 7/8 x 6. New York: The Woodcut Society, 1951. #40. The Spiral Press, New York. Henry C. Pitz. Signed in pencil. $375




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