McKnight Kauffer, Edward (1890–1954), 'Flower Piece' or 'Sunflowers', Woodcut, 1922

McKnight Kauffer, Edward (1890–1954), 'Flower Piece' or 'Sunflowers', Woodcut, 1922

Signed ‘E. McKnight Kauffer 1922’ and inscribed on the backing sheet ‘(original woodcut) For Mr and Mrs Watersten (not an Xmas present but a late specimen of my work) EMcKK’.

Printed on laid Japan paper.

This woodcut is closely based on Kauffer’s oil painting ‘Sunflowers’ (1917), now in the collection of the V & A. The bold design, clean handling and the angular simplifications and distortions of the drawing, reveal Kauffer’s awareness of Post-Impressionist French and Italian art. Here he chooses to represent a subject famously treated by Van Gogh in a style modified by Cubism. It is possible Kauffer saw Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at Roger Fry’s 1910 Post-Impressionist Exhibition at the Grafton Galleries.

Image SIze 23 x 17.9 cm
Paper Size 35.5 x 26.5 cm
Collections V & A; Hunterian Art Gallery; MOMA, NY

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