The Modern Woodcut
A study of the evolution of the craft by Herbert Furst. This book was published in 1924, at a time when woodcuts and wood engraving were developing into a significant art form in Britian. The Modern Woodcut is full of superbly printed woodcuts by artists including André Derain, Lyonel Feininger, Gauguin, Edvard Munch Paul Nash, C. W. Nevison and many more. The detailed text comments on each image.
The woodcuts are printed in a solid black which shows them in a way that is very close to the originals.
The book is divided into ten chapters with detailed text on the history and development of this art form. It shows over a hundred images and describes in detail the art of Xylography (from the French words for woodcut).
Published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, 1924. A first edition.
The Modern Woodcut displays an excellent collection of woodcuts with fascinating text.
Cloth bound hardback. The cover is marked. There is fox-marking on some of the pages but the images are clear and bright. A lovely book and an important historical publication.