Woodcut of Pine Cone by Henry Evans

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  • Item Category: Fine Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 07, 2015
  • Channel: Auction House

This is a woodcut of a pine cone, 17” x 11”, signed at thelower right “Henry Evans”. The thin mattis cut to the edge of the print so the signature is beneath it. The matt has some water staining at the bottom edge but the print does not. It is in very good condition.

Henry Evans (1918–1990) began making botanical prints in 1958, depicting some 1400 subjects in 31 years. In that time, he was accorded more than 250 one-man shows in many countries around the world and, almost every state in the union.

Admired by art lovers and naturalists alike, Henry’s work reveals a style intriguingly personal and botanically faithful, unerring in its feeling for rhythm and design. Self-taught as a printer, botanist, and artist, he developed a unique style and technique. He drew directly from living subjects, and all subjects were portrayed life-size. He used linoleum as a printing surface and an 1852 Washington Hand Press to make the prints.

All of the work was done by hand. All of the materials that were used were of the best quality, and all of the editions were limited. Each linoleum-block print was numbered, dated, and signed by the artist. After printing, the blocks were destroyed.

Henry Evans’s linocuts are found in the great print collections of the Albertina in Vienna, the Library of Congress in Washington,
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